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114 Never mind the new guy (Updated with Jagr quotes)

I say that because as much as the Rangers’ promotion of Dan Girardi is significant, even more noteworthy are the remarks made by Jaromir Jagr just now. The message? This is all on him. “I think when your top guy and your captain does well, the team does well,â€? Jagr…

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101 It’s Dan Girardi and….

…..actually, it’s just Girardi. I don’t know the reasoning, but the defenseman is the lone call-up on the ice for the first practice back from the All-Star break. You may now begin second-guessing. I’ll have more after practice….

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66 Girardi does NOT have to clear waivers

So say the Rangers, although they have yet to officially say who is coming up. Chances are we won’t know until closer to 5 p.m., when the team hits the ice for its first practice back from the All-Star break. But obviously if exposing Dan Girardi to waivers is not…

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39 Kaspar: “Sometimes this is what happens”

Maybe he saw this coming, maybe he’s still seething inside, but the Darius Kasparaitis I spoke to this afternoon wasn’t the indignant veteran I met up with when “he was first sent to Hartford back in November”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/01/you-wonder-why-the-whalers-ever-left/. As opposed to then, when Kasparaitis made it clear that he didn’t feel…

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104 Room for one more

As many of you already know, the Rangers waived Darius Kasparaitis today, a move that many could see coming given his uneven play of late. I’ll have more on what this all means, both the good and bad, later. But in the meantime, a quick matter of housecleaning. The Rangers…

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86 Odds and ends

A late start to the day, in large part due to another bout of illness rolling through Blog Headquarters. We are a resilient bunch, however, so not to worry. On then to some quick updates: Yes, it sounds like the Rangers are pushing through with their plans to call up…

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64 All Forsberg, all the time

I have only limited insight into the Peter Forsberg situation, which is hardly surprising seeing how I have limited insight into pretty much everything else, both related to hockey and not. But what I do know is that the injury prone Swede’s name “hasn’t completely disappeared”:http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=4991, which reminds me of…

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19 It takes real men to admit they’re wrong

*UPDATE, 12:45: Never mind. From ESPN.COM: There won’t be an imminent change in the NHL schedule, after all. After sources indicated that the NHL’s board of governors were set to revert back to the pre-lockout schedule format, the group was again unable to reach an agreement on the issue when…

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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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