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35 On second thought

Maybe this isn’t the best time to be talking about Brendan Shanahan as an early MVP candidate. It’s only been a few weeks since “I made that case”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/15/the-shanny-dilemma/ to the folks at the USA Today, but in that time, the eight-time All-Star has been immersed in a prolonged goal-scoring slump,…

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111 Tom’s Trip to the Farm

The plan was for Tom Renney to be in Hartford yesterday to assess the “Rangers’ young talent”:http://www.courant.com/sports/hockey/hc-wolfpack0222.artjan22,0,1808799.story?coll=hc-headlines-hockey, and I doubt there are many among you who would have a problem if he came back to New York with a player or two (or eight). Still, there are two variables to…

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80 The elephant in the room

Seeing how I had never done this before, one of my greatest concerns heading into this venture was finding enough to write about over the long-grind of an 82 game-season. Here is at least one area where the Rangers haven’t disappointed. This season has been a lot of things —…

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107 Shanahan: Let’s tear it up and start anew

I suppose it’d be misleading to say there’s trouble in paradise when there hasn’t exactly been a utopian feel around the Rangers all season. But consider these comments from Brendan Shanahan about the Rangers’ sputtering power play. Yes, it sounds like he’s referring to the coaching of Tom Renney here.…

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39 Saturday matinee

For some reason, an afternoon Rangers game always reminds me of the regrettable blue puck days of the ’90s, back when some brilliant Fox executive decided hockey was just one dash of laser tag away from mainstream acceptance The best part about it was when I actually had to explain…

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22 From Betts to Forsberg?

I suppose it would be an upgrade, although chances are the 33-year-old Swede would spend most of his time in some sort of soft cast, watching from the press box. But according to John Dellapina at the News, the Rangers are one of a dozen teams looking into a deal…

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59 And one more for the road…

I am back from my one-day hiatus thanks to a now healthy son, who jumped into my bed this morning and demanded to see pictures of Zambonis on my computer. It’s a strange fascination for grown men, maybe. But for a boy not yet 2, the Zamboni ranks right up…

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60 And where does the jet pack go?

The more astute of you have probably already seen photos of the new uniforms that will be unveiled at the All-Star Game next week and then be used by the entire league next season. I guess they’re OK since I originally had visions of something out of the movie “Rollerball”…

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37 Healthy scratch

Well, I am at least. My little guy, on the other hand, is fighting a fever, which will preclude me from getting to the rink today. And to think, he wasn’t even the one who had two helpings of the fish the other night at the Meadowlands. Anyway, what this…

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52 Jagr on Jagr

It would probably be misleading to say I’ve come to really know Jaromir Jagr in my time on the Rangers beat, seeing how we’re all only given a limited window into the athletes we cover. But I think I’ve been around the star wing enough to form an impression, and…

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45 Please, ladies, I have a blog to write!

Among the reasons my job is not completely unbearable (with all due respect to my beautiful wife): I walked into the MSG Training Center this morning to find the Knicks City Dancers gathered in an adjacent room, preparing for what I presume to be some sort of filmed production. To…

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41 Straka sticking around

The Post is reporting this morning that the Rangers have locked up Martin Straka for an extension that would pay the 34-year-old forward $3.3 million in 2007-08. I’d have to imagine this is one veteran Rangers fans are happy to have around. As was the case heading into this season,…

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58 Out of his comfort zone

Say what you want about Blair Betts, but the center is at least honest with his limitations. I asked Betts, who was partially responsible for New Jersey’s deciding goal by failing to clear the defensive zone with a backhand, how much pressure he put on himself playing alongside Brendan Shanahan…

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93 “Some sort of fish situation”

There’s obviously something wrong with hockey when Jason Ward’s lack of ice time is the sexiest topic of the day around the Rangers. Believe me, I usually appreciate hockey’s relatively bland culture, especially since I know plenty of sports reporters who’ve been forced to cultivate longstanding relationships with police officers…

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98 If it ain’t broke….

Raise your hand if you think this adage applies to the Rangers. Anyone? Hello? Nonetheless, Tom Renney will proceed with the same lineup tonight in Springsteen Country, with the lines and pairings from yesterday expected to be intact, and Adam Hall, Jason Ward, and Darius Kasparaitis all sporting Armani (or…

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42 The Shanny Dilemma

I suppose the headline’s a little dramatic, but I like the way it reads. It almost sounds like a psychological thriller: “In a world where right wings can’t find anyone to pass them the puck….Blair Betts….Marcel Hossa…and Brendan Shanahan as Himself in….The Shanny Dilemma. “Coming to an arena near you….(Rated…

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50 They pay me for this?

A curious sight in the Rangers dressing room after practice today: a dozen or so players opening up their paychecks and staring quizzically at the page ahead for several moments. I never asked what the issue was, although there’s always the chance these guys still don’t believe they get paid…

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63 What I know and what I don’t know

By now you’ve probably heard some of the trade rumors floating around the Rangers of late, including one that would have sent Adam Hall and Petr Prucha to St. Louis in exchange for Martin Rucinsky. I can’t say I have too much insight into it (and it sounds like it’s…

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19 The reunion will have to wait

Well, it’s good to see the mere sight of the name “Jason Krog”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/SPORTS01/701130388/1046/SPORTS stirs such passions in all of you. I remember back in college, with our heads buried in our coats on another raw New Hampshire winter day, I turned to Krog and said, “One day I’m going to…

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