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30 Have skates, will travel

Like I said, things happen fast around here. Not three hours after shipping Adam Hall off to Minnesota, there was already a red and blue bag in the hallway outside the Rangers dressing room with the name Dupuis on it. No, the team’s newest acquisition won’t be in the lineup…

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28 Somewhere a village is missing an idiot

That would be me, which should hardly come as a surprise to those of you who know this site well. But after anointing “Jason Krog as Jaromir Jagr’s linemate for the foreseeable future”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070209/SPORTS01/702090423/1046/SPORTS, it now looks like Krog won’t even play tonight against the Lightning. Why the reversal from Tom…

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131 Paging the new Kip Miller

If the knock against Tom Renney recently is that the coach hasn’t been willing to mix things up enough, then today might offer a response. As with anything else that happens in practice, there’s no guarantee you’ll see it the next night in the game. But it sounds like the…

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45 More fine work by people who are not me

I suggested yesterday that the “Jim Dolan piece in Sports Illustrated”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/the_bonus/02/06/price.knicks0212/index.html might be of interest to Rangers fans. Having now chewed over every word, I say it’s a must-read if you’re looking for a better understanding of the Garden and the people who run it. Much of it speaks to…

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57 Relevant reading material

I just received my weekly issue of “Sports Illustrated”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ and see there’s a lengthy piece about Jim Dolan and the Knicks. At first glance, it doesn’t seem very flattering. Unlike my poor misguided father, I have only a passing interest in the Garden’s other tenant. But seeing how Dolan’s fingerprints…

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64 Remember hockey?

If you want to know one of the real disappointments of the Rangers’ current position it’s that with football over and with spring training a few weeks away, hockey has suddenly reappeared on people’s radars. Take a random practice like today at the MSG Training Center, where it wasn’t just…

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56 Post-game musings

Just a few thoughts before I go: A nice pre-game touch was Jason Ward being announced as a Rangers scratch. I guess it was for old times sake. Sean Avery was lauded by Tom Renney and his new teammates in his first outing. I was fairly impressed as well. On…

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118 More from Slats

Turns out Glen Sather had more than “no comment” about the Mark Messier story that surfaced today. No, the Rangers GM and President wasn’t about to anoint Messier as his successor. But he didn’t quite dismiss the idea, either. “Mark can make a comment about basically anything he wants to…

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32 “I would have to be (expletive) dead.”

That was Jaromir Jagr in the hallway a few minutes ago when I asked him if he was playing tonight. It’s inspiring stuff. Enough for a team to rally around, even. Only one problem: it was Jagr who took himself out of the last minute last night against the Red…

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72 Some of us actually work around here…

Unlike yours truly, “the estimable Steve Zipay”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/ made it to the skate this morning, and is reporting the following: That Henrik Lundqvist is scheduled to start again against the Devils after pleading for another chance with Tom Renney. That Jaromir Jagr, despite missing the skate after reaggravating his hip flexor…

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31 Nice guys finish…where exactly?

True story: after getting home well past midnight last night, woke up early this morning to help get my wife and son out the door, then went back to sleep for a few hours. Woke up again, realized I was late for the morning skate out in Jersey, and rushed…

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61 Things are bleak. But you already knew that.

Some quick updates from another moribund Rangers’ dressing room: Jaromir Jagr was not on the ice for the final minute after tweaking his hip flexor again late tonight. The right wing said he hoped to play tonight against the Devils. But it’s worth noting that he was limping quite visibly…

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158 Avery a Ranger

The Rangers have indeed acquired left wing Sean Avery and a prospect from L.A. in exchange for Jason Ward and prospects Marc Andre Cliche and Jan Marek. A few immediate reactions: The Rangers now have only one Ward, which may alleviate some confusion. This allows me to post a photo…

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41 Approaching a balmy 18 degrees

*UPDATE: No official word from the team yet, but reports have the Rangers just acquiring Sean Avery in exchange for Jason Ward and prospects Marc Andre Cliche and Jan Marek. I’m assuming we’ll have confirmation shortly* I’m always impressed by the cluster of Rangers fans who wait outside the Garden…

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58 It was fun while it lasted

So much for the COP line (or POC line, or OCP line — whatever, we never really did iron that one out) leading the Rangers out of their winter doldrums. The trio of Matt Cullen, Jed Ortmeyer, and Petr Prucha will be disbanded tonight against the Red Wings, with Cullen…

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28 No, this is great. Seriously.

A natural subplot of tonight’s meeting with the Red Wings is Brendan Shanahan “facing off against his old Red Wings teammates”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070205/SPORTS01/702050355/1034/SPORTS with whom he won three Stanley Cups in nine seasons. Given the dysfunctionality of the Rangers, along with the fact that the Red Wings are again cruising through their…

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76 You now officially have reason to be depressed

And to think, it’s still only February 4. That’s either a good thing given that the Rangers still have ample time to save the season. Or a troublesome thought in that they are only delaying the inevitable, and causing thousands of fans needless suffering in the process. Either way, my…

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205 Another big one. No, really, this time we mean it….

And now for our daily recitation of the obvious: You would be correct in saying tonight is another essential game, even more so given that the Rangers lost their “last essential game”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/31/as-big-as-it-gets-for-january-31/, to Toronto on Wednesday. For those of you who have already scanned the standings (and then had a…

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189 But enough about me

To start today, a broad thank you to those of you who passed along your endorsement of the work on this site. As I said earlier, I don’t take any of that lightly. But to be clear, the purpose of my previous entry was more to emphasize that dissent in…

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