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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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50 And today’s special guest is… (Updated)

…I don’t know. But there have been days around the Rangers when you assume there’s going to be repercussions from a bad loss, and today would certainly be one of them. If I had to guess, someone will be up from Hartford for practice in less than an hour after…

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45 Post-game musings: But my flowery prose!

As a sportswriter who works on deadline, you find yourself writing thousands of words that never see the light of day because of events turning in unexpected directions. That was tonight, when the bulk of a 700-word story was suddenly swept away over the course of a frenetic third period.…

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71 Ron Low is in the building (and John Muckler, too)

Sorry, had to mention it. Among some other sights pre-game: Darius Kasparaitis traipsing around the Garden ice in sneakers; a five-minute major penalty assessed to Thomas Pock on the Garden scoreboard (and you’re wondering why he’s scratched); and Tom Renney literally backed against the wall while assessing the play of…

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91 And now time for your favorite topic

I’m fairly certain that in our many discussions over the past few months on this site, the most popular subject matter has to do with the opportunities — or the lack thereof — provided young players in the Rangers organization (with my wrinkled clothes and assortment of hockey injuries ranking…

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17 Going mainstream

The Rangers against the Bruins will be one of three games covered by NBC in the network’s first outing of the season on Saturday. There was a conference call yesterday that I unfortunately missed because I was jotting down assorted musings from the likes of Jagr, Shanahan, and others. But…

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67 In search of answers

There are thin walls at the MSG Training Center, to the extent that I am struggling to write because a handful of players — the always verbose Aaron Ward surely being one of them — are yucking it up in an adjacent room. That’s my first excuse of the day.…

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119 “We were brutal” (Updated)

Raise your hand if you’re noticing a trend here. Put it this way: you wouldn’t be the only one. *For instance, there’s Marty Straka.* “I don’t know, when you win four games in a row we think it’s going to be easy, we’re going to keep winning, we don’t have…

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30 In need of a breather?

As a matter of fact I am seeing how it’s been two grueling weeks since my last vacation. But we’re not talking about me… No, the man in question is your Rangers captain, Jaromir Jagr. Yes, the Big Fella is in the lineup tonight against the Islanders. And no, there…

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55 Let’s give it a try

Greetings from the morning skate, where I continue to field mocking questions about the cut above my eye. I went on to brag to anyone who would listen that after the collision in question, I did not miss a shift. What I failed to mention is that it was literally…

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100 Shanahan OK; Jagr taking his time

*UPDATE, 3 p.m.: In hindsight, I suppose it was a bad sign when he was wearing a yellow jersey in practice today, but the Rangers just sent Jarkko Immonen back to Hartford after scratching the center for the last five games. I wish I had more insight into the rationale…

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