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180 The game within the game

Please take a moment to acknowledge there are two former UNH teammates, the Rangers’ Jason Krog and the Bruins’ Mark Mowers, facing one another tonight. I simply wouldn’t be doing my job as a UNH graduate…I mean, a journalist, if I didn’t mention that.

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65 Now or never?

*UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: Same lineup against Bs. And that includes Thomas Pock out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. More later…* *UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Don’t order that No. 21 Liberty sweater just yet. Now comes word that Forsberg has NOT waived his no-trade clause. This is why I…

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58 Sign him up

Some early morning thoughts while the Rangers are busy locking up Jason Krog to a multi-year deal. I’m kidding, of course… Put down the defibrillator…. Apparently all is well between Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr, with the two clearing the air after “Friday’s mild theatrics”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2007/01/26/stuck-in-the-middle-between-two-hall-of-fame-wings/. I didn’t doubt that this…

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48 So long, Gump Worsley

As kids playing street hockey, we always referred to one of us playing goalie without a mask as “going Gumper.” The Hall of Famer, who was a Calder Trophy winner with the Rangers and didn’t wear a mask until the final season of his career, “died yesterday at 77”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=193916&hubname=nhl, depriving…

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77 Stuck in the middle between two Hall of Fame wings

I suppose some elaboration is in order for how this whole Jaromir Jagr-Brendan Shanahan thing shook out today, even if it turns out to be nothing more than a curious misunderstanding. For one thing, as much as I enjoy injecting myself into my daily accounts here, that’s purely for this…

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122 Pieces not all quite there

I’ll have more later from practice, but in the meantime, some quick updates: Martin Straka is still out with some sort of flu and will not be traveling with the Rangers to Philadelphia when the team flies out at 3 p.m. There is a chance he’ll join the team tonight,…

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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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