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60 Jagr not on the ice for the morning skate….

…but only because today was an optional skate. Sorry. That was too easy. No, it doesn’t look like the Big Fella is going anywhere, and all his equipment was still hanging in his locker as of about three minutes ago. Still, the question was posed to Tom Renney if he…

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111 It could always be me who’s delusional

Even before Larry Brooks and Mark Everson “dropped a haymaker on me”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/02272007/sports/rangers/jagr_on_block_rangers_larry_brooks_and_mark_everson.htm while I had my morning coffee, my sense was that some of my words yesterday may have been misinterpreted. I’d say shame on you all for not understanding what I was saying. But seeing how I’m the supposed…

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135 Two states of delusion

Between sifting through the comments on this blog and then sorting through the interviews from the rink today, I’ve come to realize that Rangers fans and the Rangers themselves are both delusional — and for completely different reasons. First, the fans: You know I love you guys. I really do.…

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113 Holding pattern

Just to give you a small window into the strange dynamic of this time of year: I was just in the Rangers’ dressing room, saw Jason Krog step off the ice, and then saw him talking to Dan Girardi as if it was just another day. Then I come back…

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83 The slow, painful peel of a Band-Aid

I’m not sure it’s saying much when I suggest I had a better night than the Rangers did last night. I’m pretty sure the fry guys at your local Wendy’s had a better day’s work as well. But after a great day skating in a memorial hockey game to celebrate…

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88 So what would you do?

I think I already know how many of you will answer that question and I can’t say I blame you. Still, my story for tomorrow says it’s hard to tell whether the Rangers should buy, sell or stand pat. You all say they should sell and perhaps, after tonight, that…

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160 A visit from Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan, striking the classic Shanahan image of a man dressed in a $3,000 suit but missing one of his front teeth, paid us a visit in the press room before the game. He said he is still experiencing symptoms related to the concussion he suffered against Philly, vertigo being…

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67 Shanny’s return probably not imminent

No, Tom Renney assessment at the morning skate wasn’t this cryptic, but all I’m sayin’ is don’t expect Brendan Shanahan back after his stay on IR expires tomorrow. Shanahan saw a neurologist yesterday. According to the coach, Shanny has only been cleared for light stretching so far — no skating…

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29 Tying up some loose ends before the weekend

And here I thought I might be lacking for material in this endeavor. Boy was I wrong. Anyway, a couple of things to cover as I catch my breath from a busy day: After getting into the whole Jaromir Jagr shootout saga at practice today, I accompanied four Rangers –…

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102 The great shootout debate

So let’s see here: Jaromir Jagr is either a spineless, ill-suited leader for not wanting to go in the shootout last night against the Devils. Or he is a selfless, team-first player willing to put his ego aside for the greater good. My take is he is neither. Or he…

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61 Same old story

At one point yesterday I was going through my digital recorder to erase some old interviews when I heard the voice of Henrik Lundqvist. “It’s a really frustrating loss,” the goaltender was saying. “It’s tough.” Here’s the scary part: I wasn’t sure which of the countless frustrating losses this season…

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272 There’s always this guy

While you lament the lack of playing time afforded one young defenseman on the Rangers’ roster — I’ll give you a hint, his last name rhymes with Coke — at least take a moment to appreciate the steady growth of Daniel Girardi in his first 12 games in the NHL.…

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42 It’s not much, but it’s something

If only for a brief moment, Brendan Shanahan appeared in the hallway here at the MSG Training Center before ducking into the trainer’s room. “He’s good,” Tom Renney said with a smile. “He’s going to go in tonight.” Easy, now. The coach was only joking. Shanahan is still on injured…

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85 And now the pendulum swings the other way

See if you can detect a pattern here: The Rangers get pushed around in the playoffs last spring and they decide they need size, so they sign Brendan Shanahan and trade for Adam Hall. Then the team realizes it’s too slow, so it trades for Sean Avery and sends Hall…

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45 Nowhere to go but forward?

*Update, 2 p.m.: The Rangers just announced they called up Brad Isbister from Hartford to take the roster spot vacated when Brendan Shanahan went on injured reserve on Saturday. This is probably a precaution should Marcel Hossa not be able to play tomorrow.* If you were looking for your Knute…

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59 Avery wasn’t misquoted

Sean Avery was asked if he meant it when he said Martin Brodeur was a “whiner” on TV in between periods. “That’s what I said,” Avery replied. Avery was also asked if he thought Brodeur was a tad on the dramatic side when he fell to the ice after Avery…

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256 But now that we’re here…

Let’s not let my bellyaching about the parking situation be confused with real complaining. Consider the alternatives. I could be Tom Renney, and have to wonder if the team I’m coaching tonight is the one I want to be coaching after 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 — especially if Brendan…

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68 “Gotta support the team” (Malik update below)

A colleague of mine recently rolled her eyes at the thought of another Rangers-Devils game, if only because the Devils still conjure memories of mind-numbing, defensive-oriented, wake-me-up-when-someone-even-gets-a-shot-off hockey. The reality is the games between these two teams this year have been some of the best of the year — in…

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