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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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48 What was supposed to be a quiet day…

…actually proved to be quite eventful. And with that in mind, some follow-ups are in order. First, the Malik injury. I made a wisecrack in my previous post about fans rejoicing, and I’ve since deleted it since I realize making jokes at another man’s pain isn’t what I want to…

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61 Lampman up, Malik on injured reserve

The Rangers have called up Bryce Lampman to take the place of Marek Malik, who sustained a shoulder strain on Wednesday. No word yet on the severity of the injury, although the fact that Malik is going directly to IR says it’s not slight. More in a bit…

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12 No fine for Shanahan

Brendan Shanahan was spared a fine from the NHL for his tirade against officials on Wednesday night. “We don’t muzzle our players,” NHL vice president Colin Campbell told TSN of Canada. “We’re not happy that Brendan Shanahan chose to be critical of our officials but he is, within limits, free…

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34 Upon further review: The beauty of YouTube

In my “story in today’s Journal News”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070201/SPORTS01/702010422/1034/SPORTS, I referred to a “misread” by Thomas Pock that led to Mats Sundin’s deciding goal in last night’s loss to Toronto. I’ve since watched a clip of that goal more than a dozen times, thanks to the “magical genius of YouTube”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpKPjHWtXCk&feature=RecentlyWatched&page=1&t=t&f=b (it was…

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17 Quick hits from practice

While making it clear that he had no intention of retracting what he said, Brendan Shanahan also made it known today that he didn’t want to revisit his comments about the officiating from the night before. Still, there was Shanahan sitting cross-legged in the middle of an otherwise busy Rangers’…

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63 And now playing the main stage….

Great thing about these Rangers games at the Garden recently: Sure, you see them lose, but you’re guaranteed at least one Brendan Shanahan post-game diatribe. Before the All-Star game, it was Shanahan calling out the Rangers’ power play — and by extension, it seemed, Jaromir Jagr. Tonight it was Shanahan…

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82 As big as it gets (for January 31)

In an 82-game schedule, I’m reluctant to call anything a BIG GAME until at least March. But this is different. This is indeed a BIG GAME, and contains all the requisite elements of any BIG GAME: anxious-looking players, an anxious-looking coach, throngs of fans waiting outside the Garden in hopes…

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132 No need to look behind against Leafs

Plenty of ground to cover and not much time to do it, so let’s start right in: Colton Orr is set to return to the lineup, in large part to counter the physical Leafs (who issued a beat-down of the first order last night against Carolina). But what’s most telling…

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54 Greater sense of urgency

Just when you thought a sense of order had returned to Rangerland (OK, you never thought that) the Rangers woke up this morning to find themselves back in ninth place in the East, trailing both Pittsburgh and Tampa, and tied with Toronto. In other words, maybe tonight’s not the time…

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