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82 Jagr still believes

Does that make him confident or — this year’s buzz word — delusional? Hear for yourself. [audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/jagr0313.mp3] Me, I’m not sure. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Karel Rachunek injury tonight certainly didn’t help. But then, neither did the Malik own goal, or Avery hitting the post, or…

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94 Sprained MCL for Rachunek

Sound familiar? The defenseman won’t return, and will be evaluated by doctors today. The injury is the third MCL sprain by a Ranger in 12 days. And as is with Marcel Hossa, it’s to a player who had just started playing his best hockey of the season.

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30 And we’re back…

My apologies for the technical problems on the site of late. For once, I’m pretty sure it’s something that is NOT my fault. But I’ve been wrong before. Anyway, Tom Renney offered some more reaction just now to the news that Brendan Shanahan has been cleared to skate. In typical…

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47 Shanahan back on the ice

For the first time since his concussion Feb.17, Brendan Shanahan skated with his teammates today at the MSG Training Center. After 20 minutes skating with the rest of the team, Shanahan skated alone in a series of conditioning drills with assistant coaches Perry Pearn and Mike Pelino. Though there’s still…

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45 Is that progress I detect?

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, it is possible for me to envision the moment I can actually walk out of the court room for good. I’m not saying it’s going to happen today. I’m not even expecting it to happen tomorrow. But there are at…

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29 Back to reality

I am back in the penalty box…I mean jury box today, and likely will be there tomorrow and Wednesday as well. The good news is the Rangers are off today, anyway, and I’ll still likely be able to make the game tomorrow night. Still, it’s hardly ideal, and I’ve already…

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30 That’s not what he meant. Really.

You’ll see we’re back with some audio clips, with today’s selection Tom Renney’s postgame press conference. It’s fairly long, but if you’re patient you’re rewarded toward the end with an unintentionally comical moment. [audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/renney0311.mp3] The question had to do with the continued resurgence of Matt Cullen, who scored the game-winning…

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91 Jagr in, Dawes gone, I’m annoyed

A few quick updates before I begin my latest plea for sanity: Jaromir Jagr looks like he’s playing, and was already preparing his sticks for the game. Nigel Dawes was here, and then he wasn’t. Once it was decided that Jagr could play, Dawes put his street clothes back on,…

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65 Jagr banged up, Dawes to the rescue?

It sounds like Jaromir Jagr will try to play tomorrow against Carolina despite leaving today’s game early with a sore right leg. But to be safe, the Rangers are likely to call up Nigel Dawes from Hartford. There’s been no official announcement yet, but Dawes, who was underutilized in his…

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217 It was fun while it lasted

It turns out the Rangers were inside the playoff picture for no more than 24 hours before being bumped out again by Carolina last night. Yet here’s why that’s not such a bad thing heading into today against the Pens: If there was even the slightest chance the Rangers were…

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42 And there were three goals scored, too…..

Just as I suspected, our airwaves and headlines today were dominated by reaction to Chris Simon’s bludgeoning of Ryan Hollweg last night at the Coliseum: The back page of tabloids. The opening segments on sports radio. All year long we’ve lamented how hockey has been relegated to a niche sport…

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99 “Another black eye for the NHL”

Those were the words I heard on the radio just now when referring to the Chris Simon hit on Ryan Hollweg. This is the real disappointing part. I’m assuming that just about everyone who frequents this site is like me in that they love hockey. And yet because of one…

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208 What to watch for: Uniondale edition

Sadly, but expected nonetheless, I am not on the Island, but in the palatial Blog Headquarters, where my numerous assistants are scurrying to and fro, fetching me papers and coffee and looking up obscure statistics about the last time a Ranger scored a goal on a full moon while not…

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20 Standing in for Sam

Sorry folks, this is not Sam but former Rangers’ beat writer Andrew Gross, who for one glorious day is getting to relive all the fun of being around a hockey rink. Remembered how to get to the Nassau Coliseum (not hard, considering it’s right across the street from the Jets’…

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22 Unhealthy (and healthy) scratches

If the alternative was to be a healthy team with a wounded pride because they’re already out of the playoff race, the Rangers will surely take their reality: one of a decidedly unhealthy team that is still just two points out of a playoff spot. With that in mind, the…

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8 Dubinsky gets his shot

More thanks are in order to Andrew Gross, who is helping me get through my jury duty misery by keeping me — and by extension, you — updated on the Rangers. Here’s Andrew’s report on the recently summoned Brandon Dubinsky, who will be thrown into the fire tomorrow night against…

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117 Please, can I go back to my day job?

You know, as much as I have never lost sight of how lucky I am to have a job where I spend most of my time watching hockey (or golf, or baseball) and then writing about it, there are days when it’s certainly reinforced. Count today as one of those…

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42 Finally, I can move on

Here on The Blog, we make every effort to be free of partiality when discussing hockey’s highest level. Not so, though, when talking about the amateur game. You already know my devotion to my beloved UNH Wildcats. But not to be discounted as well is my allegiance to my old…

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40 Can’t catch a break

Just when I was feeling sorry for myself for the unfortunate timing of my jury duty comes confirmation that I am better off than Marcel Hossa. In line with the same injury sustained by Fedor Tyutin last week, an MRI today revealed that Hossa will miss three to four weeks…

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