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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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26 Oh boy

The Rangers are calling Jaromir Jagr’s groin injury day-to-day, which basically sums up our entire existence. But at least he has some time to rest: the team is off the ice completely today, then is only practicing tomorrow in preparation for Tuesday’s tilt with the Islanders. My guess is that…

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54 Rachunek a game-time decision

“As I said in today’s story for the paper,”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070106/SPORTS01/701060382/1108 Karel Rachunek is still suffering from a sore foot after he was struck with a puck against the Flyers on Thursday. The team still isn’t sure if he’ll be able to skate on it, so Rachunek will test it during warmups.…

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28 One of your wishes may come true…

…at least for a night. I say that because blog adversary *Karel Rachunek took a puck off the foot in last night’s game and was out of commission at today’s practice.* If Rachunek can’t play, blog favorite Thomas Pock will obviously get the nod. Either way, Tom Renney has yet…

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49 Post-game musings

All this and to think, Martin Straka said he seriously thought about hanging it up after last season. “I guess when you’re 34 you go year-by-year,” Straka said. “I’m not getting any younger.” Apparently not. Read on… In the “It’s-all-about-my-personal-well-being” category: We’re talking to Straka after his three-goal effort and…

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34 Locked up

Greetings from the Garden, where a newly-wealthy Blair Betts showed up at the rink driving a Bentley, surrounded by bodyguards, and sporting a new diamond-crusted tooth. Just once, I wish I was telling the truth. No, turns out the Betts extension announced today is pretty much what you’d expect from…

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75 Rangers sign Betts to a contract extension

Finally, the long, acrimonious contract dispute between the Rangers and center Blair Betts is over. Actually, I’m kidding. More likely it went something like this: Rangers: “Blair, do you want a contract extension?” Betts: “Um, OK.” I don’t have terms yet, but I’m sure I’ll have it later. What we…

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14 Too early to call?

High on caffeine and life, I drove to to the rink this morning with the intent of asking players how they would grade the Rangers at the halfway mark of the season. I figured every reporter does a mid-season report card of some sort, why not ask members of the…

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59 No more excuses

You may notice this site of late has been devoid of colorful photos like the one here, mostly because of the computer problems I’ve been contending with over the past few weeks. Well, loyal readers, my computer is fixed, my cell phone battery has been replaced, and outside of the…

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74 What might have been

Greetings from Continental Airlines Arena, where in a telling display of inexperience, I parked far enough away from the rink that I’m not sure my car is actually in New Jersey. On the plus side, I am the best conditioned writer here by virtue of my mile-long walk to the…

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54 Keeping the streak alive

Greetings from Blog Headquarters. Given the option of spending the early part of the day at home, or spending needless hours in the Jersey swamplands, I opted for driving down to the game later this afternoon. But here’s what I do know after today’s morning skate: Jed Ortmeyer is indeed “making his…

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32 Ortmeyer returns against Devils?

UPDATE, 4 p.m.: Tom Renney says he has Ortmeyer “penciled in” for tomorrow night against the Devils. Still unclear is who the right wing would play with, especially since Brendan Shanahan missed practice today with a tender hamstring. With Shanahan still expected to play tomorrow, Ortmeyer would likely slide onto either the third or…

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32 Some final thoughts to close out 2006

All told, a pretty good year for the kid, from covering the “2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=USOPEN, to this chance to re-immerse myself in the greatest game in the world. I know, I’m a journalist, I’m supposed to be impartial. But seeing how hockey has always been a significant part of…

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43 Post-game musings

Perhaps the most poignant scene of the season came in the Rangers’ dressing room post-game tonight, when Brendan Shanahan walked in after doing an MSG interview, and he was met with a string of hugs and hand shakes from players and coaches. There were Perry Pearn and Mike Pelino both…

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29 Those were the days

I’m back, equipped with my wife’s computer, my wife’s cell phone, but thankfully, my own clothes. A man has to draw the line somewhere. As for the Rangers, I suppose it’s worth noting that the team they face tonight is the very Capitals team they opened their season against to great…

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13 Thanks for coming…

The Rangers just sent out an email to announce they’re shipping Bryce Lampman back to Hartford. As you guys know, Lampman was here for the Islanders and Senators games this week but never saw any game action. No further details, but they did not announc another move along with it.…

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21 Panic time

And I’m not even talking about the Rangers. Of greater urgency, I’m having my second major computer meltdown in the span of two weeks — on two different machines, no less — and hence will be out of pocket until later this afternoon. On the positive side, you can talk…

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105 “Reunited, and it feels so good…..”

Barring the following unforeseen circumstances, Tom Renney plans to put his top unit of Michael Nylander, Jaromir Jagr, and Martin Straka back together tonight against the Senators: *One of three comes down with the flu.* *One of the three takes a boneheaded double minor penalty and is benched for a…

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