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85 Sjostrom signing ties up another loose end

Update, 9:30 a.m.: While we’re linking to Newsday blogs, the addictive “Watchdog”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/watchdog/blog/ (by way of “this blog”:http://goingfivehole.blogspot.com/2008/07/matthew-barnaby-espns-replacement-for.html) mentions the possibility of former Ranger Matthew Barnaby taking over for Barry Melrose as lead hockey analyst at ESPN. Which brings up my post below regarding Brendan Shanahan. Was one of the media…

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90 Shanahan still hanging around

Like a crafty goal scorer who refuses to be budged from the front of the net, Brendan Shanahan still hasn’t abandoned his hope of playing for the Rangers next season. This is according to “SI’s Michael Farber”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/michael_farber/07/25/shanahan.return/index.html, who also notes that Shanahan has already declined job offers from various media…

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192 Jessiman re-signed

At yet another crucial crossroads in his his young career, Hugh Jessiman was re-signed by the Rangers. I have a hard time seeing Jessiman as a serious candidate for an NHL job this year, but one would think he might be a possible call-up during the season. Of course, it…

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79 Live Chat with Sam Weinman, second edition

OK, thanks to everyone for joining us for our second live chat. We’ll have a moderator in place right from the start, which should help. Again, the plan is to field questions for the first 30 minutes or so, but I’ll continue to answer until about noon. One small housecleaning…

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13 Don’t forget, live chat at 11

I conveniently schedule chats for days when it’s 95 degrees outside and I have to sit in an air-conditioned office rather than mow the lawn. Again, we’re going to do a better job of getting to more of your questions, but ask them early just in case. Possible new discussion…

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34 2008-2009 schedule released

Update, 6:19 p.m.: Yes, a double bogey to me (and that should show you where my head is these days) for failing to mention Sean Avery’s return to the Garden on Oct. 20. Do I sense a video montage set to the music of Barbara Streisand? Earlier: Thanks to sports…

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90 Schedule out today

The NHL schedule comes out today, probably around noon. I remember last year at this time I was mostly interested in how the Rangers’ schedule was going to conflict with the birth of my second son (Will was born Jan. 4, a few hours after the Rangers were losing to…

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16 Next live chat coming Friday

Mark your calendar. Cancel that vacation (actually, please don’t cancel that vacation. I can’t handle that kind of pressure).  We’re coming back with another “live chat”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2008/07/10/live-chat-with-sam-weinman/ here on Friday at 11 a.m. We probably won’t do one every week like this all summer, but there’s enough to go around for…

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68 Dawes back as well

Update, 4:50 p.m. Dawes signed a one-year deal worth $587,500. Wow, I’m actually shocked the Rangers got him for so little. Of course, this is still more than I make. Earlier: The Rangers have re-signed Nigel Dawes. I’m awaiting word on terms…

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33 Wrigley date official

The Blackhawks and Red Wings “will indeed meet at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1″:http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=368489. No truth to the rumor that Steve Bartman will drop the ceremonial first puck. As for the NHL schedule, you’ll have to wait another day. It comes out tomorrow. And sadly, the Rangers say they don’t…

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72 Brendan Shanahan not giving up on the Rangers

But have the Rangers given up on him? According to Shanahan’s agent, Rick Curran, the “future Hall of Famer is still interested in playing only for the Rangers next year”:http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/nhlnews/story.html?id=f97d3af7-0ea6-456c-8dcd-f8bccc018dde . “Brendan still feels he has a job that he wants to finish with the Rangers and he knows he…

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94 Fritsche and Rangers come to terms

There will be no ugly arbitration hearing between the Rangers and Dan Fritsche, as there was last year with Sean Avery. And really, what could the team say? “We’ve never had him on our team, but we’re sure he’s a detriment”. No word yet on terms. But is Blair Betts…

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45 Nolan out as Islanders coach

Don’t know the whole story yet, but it’s no secret there was friction between Ted Nolan and GM Garth Snow last year. Here’s the official release: TED NOLAN WILL NOT RETURN AS ISLANDERS HEAD COACH IN 2008-09 Snow to Begin Search for New Head Coach Immediately (July 14, 2008 –…

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14 At least another year for Cherepanov

By way of Jeff Klein at Slap Shot, we know that  Alexei Cherepanov “definitely won’t be in the NHL this year”:http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/agent-says-cherepanov-wont-join-rangers-this-season/. This was already a foregone conclusion, and despite what Tom Renney said late last month about wanting the 2007 first round pick to at least be in attendance for…

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31 Unrelated to transfer agreement, Rangers sign defenseman Denisov

I believe it’s only a coincidence that on the day the NHL and the new Russian hockey league “reached an agreement on player transfers”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=243045&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl, the Rangers signed defenseman Vladimir Denisov. Denisov is from Belarus and spent most of last season playing for Lake Erie of the AHL. He had a…

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42 A quick post-mortem

Again, thanks to everyone for participating in the live chat. It was certainly popular, although one glaring problem was that not all of your questions got through. With that in mind, know that we’re trying to figure out a way to avoid that moving forward, or at least to find…

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16 Live Chat with Sam Weinman

Thanks for joining us for our inaugural Rangers chat, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bear in mind this is our first go-round so we ask that you be patient if there are any technical glitches. Should you not be able to make it live, the archive of the chat…

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