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40 As Hossa goes…

…so go the Rangers. Isn’t that what I’ve always said? Meanwhile, looking for some help in an ongoing discussion with some of the writers: Who is the best former Ranger currently in the NHL? Candidates include Mattias Norstrom, Sergei Zubov, Alexei Kovalev, even Marc Savard. Feel free to write-in a…

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21 A few thoughts before the puck drops

I talked to a Rangers scout before the game and he made a good point. Not to be discounted with the Isbister deal is that the forward played for Hartford head coach Jim Schoenfeld in Phoenix, and that Schoenfeld has been saying for several weeks that the team needed some…

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71 Rangers acquire Isbister

Some of you already know about this but here’s the release from the Rangers. Sounds like it’s more to get Hartford out of the cellar than anything else. ll have more later… New York, November 21, 2006 — New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that…

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39 And now, back to hockey

First let me thank many of you for the warm response to my previous post. I’m grateful for the kind words said about me, but far more important is that you took some time to think about a good man and a great boss who is being mourned literally all…

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27 The reason I’m here

I hope you’ll pardon my use of this space to tell you about someone you’ve probably never heard of. Then again, I do think it relates. If you happen to think I have any merit at what I do writing about sports, then I ask that you thank Mark Leary,…

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78 Sticks and stones…

It’s hard to believe we’ve spent all this time talking about whether Jaromir Jagr’s shoulder is completely healed — not to mention whether the Rangers are doing enough to protect him — and it turns out what the team really needs to do is make sure no one hurts his…

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17 Post-game musings

A quarter-century of hockey experience has gone into my latest assessment of the Rangers: Jagr good, Rangers good. Jagr bad, Rangers bad. Take a moment to let that sink in. I know, it’s actually more complicated than that. But when you try to explain this weekend set — one awful…

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43 Playing hurt

Actually, I’m not referring to anyone on the Rangers, but to myself. Let’s just say there was an incident in a late-night skate a few nights back and I’m still feeling the effects. But you don’t hear me complaining, do you? Actually, you do hear me complaining. And if you…

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22 Kasparaitis in?

We won’t know until later whether Darius Kasparaitis will skate against Tampa Bay tonight at the Garden, but Tom Renney seemed to hint as much prior to last night’s humiliation in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, this would fly in the face of “my earlier theory”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/17/246/ that says the coach wants to keep…

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30 What to watch for: Steel City edition

It’s scary to think that the Pittsburgh team that torched the Rangers for six goals last month was playing WITHOUT rookie Evgeni Malkin. True, the Penguins have cooled off since then — their loss last night to Buffalo was their sixth in seven games — but you still always get…

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9 “Remember, you stand over here now…”

For those of you clamoring to see Thomas Pock play his first game since Oct. 14, you just might get your wish tonight against the Penguins. Only here’s the catch: it wouldn’t be at defense. With Adam Hall missing the morning skate today with back spasms, Pock is preparing to…

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32 Making the most of it

OK, you want the good news or the bad news first? The bad news for those Rangers fans who feel the defense is far and away the team’s weakest link is that those defensive pairings don’t seem to be going away any time soon. But the other side to consider…

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22 Sharing the wealth

Maybe I am still finding my way through this first go-round on the hockey beat, but I still feel like I know a few things. And one is this: I’d hold on to this Shanahan guy. When the team signed the future Hall of Famer during the off-season, they did…

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33 Post-game musings

I never really understoood what was so hard about playing back-to-back games until I started covering hockey. Now I get it. The Rangers got done with their win against the Devils about 9:30 last night. By 10:30 or so, they were on their way to the airport. Now throw in…

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69 Worlds are colliding

George Costanza, I feel your pain. I’ve been slammed with some work on the golf front, so I might be out of pocket for awhile. Kevin Weekes is in net tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, and both Thomas Pock and Darius Kasparaitis are again healthy scratches. Until…

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38 Post-game musings

Here’s the problem with games like these: I had a great lead already written about how the Rangers are hopeless at home and now it will never see the light of day. OK, it wasn’t that great of a lead. Actually, come to think of it, I’m not sure it…

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66 That could have been ugly

You never can really grasp how good a set of hands Brendan Shanahan has until you see them up close, and no, I’m not talking about what the right wing does on the ice. Instead, it was just now in an otherwise tedious announcement for the inaugural Mark Messier Leadership…

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42 Case in point

Remember how I said before that Tom Renney has a gift for being intentionally vague? Well consider this exchange today concerning struggling defenseman Marek Malik, who was exposed yet again on a third period goal by Washington’s Matt Pettinger in the 3-1 loss on Saturday night. At one point, Renney…

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9 “You feel shame”

Let the record show that I spotted my first Christmas decorations of the year at 9:15 this morning. I don’t know who it was, but I’m pretty sure that’s two minutes for “ridiculously early holiday celebration.” In fact, under the new rules, that might even be a major. Anyway, yours…

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137 Uneasy times

Jaromir Jagr is currently skating on the MSG Training Center ice in just a T-shirt and shorts. If you think of the Rangers’ leading scorer as one of the game’s most respected players, I ask that you consider how ridiculous he looks right about now. Anyway, readers, big doings in…

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