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27 Debt of gratitude

Tonight’s the Hall of Fame game, followed by the actual Hall of Fame induction on Monday, so maybe now’s as good a time as ever to reflect for a moment on one of this year’s inductees, Herb Brooks. There’s been volumes written about the influence of the Brooks-led “Miracle on…

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76 What to watch for: Hot’lanta edition

Amidst all your doom and gloom, let’s not forget that the Rangers have won seven of a possible eight points over the last four games, which is pretty good whether it’s against NHL teams or the best in Westchester County high school hockey (OK, if it was against the high…

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40 Lundqvist and Orr back in; Dawes irrelevant

Just when you thought Nigel Dawes’ rookie experiment couldn’t be any more disheartening than it’s already been, there is today, when the left wing will again be relegated to the press box even as the player who’s skating in his stead might still be banged up. Here’s the deal: it’s…

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17 Light at the end of the tunnel?

I mentioned already that I spent some time with Jed Ortmeyer earlier this week, and “here’s the story that came out of it”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061110/SPORTS01/611100445/1046/SPORTS. It’s funny, or actually not so funny, but we’ve seen plenty of Jed over the past few weeks, either at the Training Center or when he’s sitting…

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66 Regroup and recharge

The Rangers are doing the off-ice thing today in Florida before hopping a flight to Atlanta. First kayak races in Lake George, then a bike ride in Santa Monica, now a workout at their Florida hotel. Is this a hockey team or some sort of elaborate Club Med vacation? Meanwhile,…

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22 Post-game musings

My otherwise spry 71-year-old father had a mild heart attack this summer. For his sake, I’m going to advise him to stop watching the Rangers. You understand what I’m getting at here. I suppose we could go into full detail about the Rangers coughing up another two-goal lead to have…

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22 That’s more like it

A good opening period for the Rangers, although maybe not for Aaron Ward and Jaromir Jagr, both of whom came within inches of injuries to vital organs and yet who both stayed in the game. I know how they feel. I stubbed my toe on the way to the bathroom…

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25 Remember him?

As expected, the Rangers are turning to the forgotten (not really) Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Florida Panthers, and will be otherwise employing the same lineup they used in Sunday’s overtime loss to Buffalo. A few thoughts: I don’t know much about goalies, other than the fact that I can’t…

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8 Odd man out

As promised, I went into further detail on Thomas Pock “in my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061108/SPORTS01/611080366/1046/SPORTS. A few thoughts: There have been a few questions about whether Pock would ever return to forward, which he played growing up and for most of his career at UMass. I asked Pock about it yesterday…

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21 A couple of late night thoughts…

…before turning in: The mystery linemate, i.e. Valeri Kamensky, was back again tonight, and despite setting me up roughly 37 times in front of the net, I had only marginal success to speak of. Between me and another one of his old linemates, Mark Messier, I’m pretty sure I know…

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57 Second class citizens

There’s a note on the board in the Rangers locker room reminding players that those no-good Knicks took the team plane on their own road trip and that the Rangers are stuck taking a charter. I have the same problem with my wife. Of course, ours revolves around a Subaru.…

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21 Brooklyn Bound?

UPDATE: The Rangers are dismissing as “pure speculation” an ESPN Radio report that says the team is going to announce the move tomorrow. Madison Square Garden has an announcement scheduled for Thursday about partnering with Aviator Sports for a new Chelsea Piers-type sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field in South…

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27 And the winner is…..

…reader Laurie, who correctly guessed my mystery linemate as Valeri Kamensky, an All-Star with the Colorado Avalanche who had two injury plagued seasons with the Rangers from 1999-2001. A consolation prize goes to DoodieMachetto, who was wise enough to endorse Laurie’s guess. A couple of things: A supposed friend of…

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25 Monday Mailbag Edition

This being an off day for the Rangers, I figured I’d take the opportunity to get to some of the most pressing questions that crop up here. In fact, let me get a few out of the way right now: No, I am not a complete idiot. A partial idiot,…

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27 Post-game musings

I’ll be quick because I have a train to catch… I believe the Kevin Weekes honeymoon is over. It was fun. We had some laughs. But the backup goalie looked like, well, a backup goalie tonight. And the timing seems right to get Henrik Lundqvist back in net. Nothing serious…

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34 Oh not, not again

Some quick hits after the first period: Amazing stat: it took more than 17 minutes for the first penalty to be called. What do the referees think this is, hockey? Another dubious period for Marek Malik, whose giveaway to Adam Mair almost put the visiting Sabres up 2-0 halfway through…

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18 Henrik Who?

There are two ways to look at Tom Renney’s decision to start Kevin Weekes for a third straight game tonight against the Sabres. One is quite simple: Weekes has won each of the team’s last two games, and both in impressive fashion. By that measure, another chance tonight should be…

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13 Stay tuned

The Rangers held only an optional skate this morning, so I won’t know line information or the starting goalie for this afternoon’s meeting with the Sabres until later. I’ll check back when I have it. In the meantime, here’s “my story”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061105/SPORTS01/611050373/1046/SPORTS looking ahead to today. Speaking of which, I thought…

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31 Anywhere but here

Because I’m a rally-killer by nature, prone to spoiling whatever positive vibe that might be circulating within a room, I felt it was important to greet the Rangers with a cold splash of reality. So my conversation with a few of them today went something like this: “Welcome back and…

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13 Coming full circle

My apologies for starting off so late today, but you should know that my own hockey career sometimes gets in the way (speaking of which, I actually had a former NHL All-Star who was also a Ranger at one point on my line today. I’ll let you all try to…

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