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85 Malik doesn’t get the boos, and neither do I

Perhaps because I’ve already irritated Rangers fans once this week by calling them delusional, I “sought out Marek Malik yesterday”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070301/SPORTS01/703010420/1046/SPORTS to ask him about 1) the “A” Tom Renney awarded him with on Tuesday night; 2) his team-best plus-23 rating; and 3) the boos he’s been hearing on a nightly…

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32 Straka still questionable

Marty Straka didn’t skate at practice today, and tomorrow against the Penguins seems unlikely. Both Tom Renney and Straka also acknowledged that the shoulder injury is something that the forward is going to need to address during the off-season. That said, Straka reported improvement from yesterday, so there remains the…

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70 The comeback starts now

What, you’re not believers? OK, so let’s hold off on the “There’s no stopping this Rangers juggernaut” stories for at least a little while. Still, here’s the remarkable part: considering how dreadful this team has been at points this year, they’re still only six points out of a playoff spot.…

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129 My fingers are demanding a trade

OK, lots of ground to cover and not a lot of time to cover it: First, the most pressing: as of this writing, Paul Mara has not arrived at the Garden because of airline problems in Boston, but the Rangers are still hoping to get him in the lineup tonight.…

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50 Immonen back up

Jarkko Immonen has been called up along with Brad Isbister from Hartford. Still no word on whether Paul Mara will make it here in time for the game, although Tom Renney said Mara would play if he does.

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129 Ward to Boston for Paul Mara

OK, here’s what we know: *UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.: The Rangers confirmed the prospect in the Dupuis deal is Alex Bourret.* *UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: The Rangers have confirmed trading Pascal Dupuis to Atlanta in exchange for a prospect. Good as Dupuis had been with Jed Ortmeyer and Matt Cullen, the team…

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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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