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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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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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