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69 Team in crisis?

Hardly. I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up at the practice rink this morning, but I figured there would be some overt residual effects from “last night’s dispiriting loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061204/SPORTS01/612040343/1046/SPORTS to the Islanders. Players dressed in black. Half the roster shipped to Hartford. Some sort of cruel and…

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36 Post-game musings

I’m already back home, having taken advantage of the early start time to get out of the Garden at a decent hour. This just in: Giants lose, Michigan gets jobbed out of the BCS title game, and the Rangers are in something resembling disarray. With that, a few discussion topics:…

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27 Straka and Ward in; Callahan gone

So long Ryan Callahan, we hardly knew ye. Maybe it’s for the best that the right wing was shipped to Hartford now that both Jason Ward and Martin Straka will be back in the lineup tonight. Given the pressure cooker that is likely to be Rangers-Islanders, the 21-year-old rookie might…

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17 Who is this Potvin guy…

….and why does he inspire so much whistling? I’m kidding, of course. Bear in mind you’re talking to someone who came of age during the heart of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry. Never mind where you were when Kennedy was shot. Where were you when Ken Morrow scored that overtime goal to…

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88 Renney: Whatever happens, happens

Judging by the response to my previous post there’s obviously been plenty of debate about the job Tom Renney is doing, particularly in his allocation of ice time for prospects. Much of the criticism has been fair — among the coach’s faults is he’s probably too loyal for his own…

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162 Shake-up

You figured it was only a matter of time before there was a crack in Brendan Shanahan’s facade, and sure enough, there was the perennial All-Star at his locker stall today, openly complaining about…..the lack of hangers at Madison Square Garden. Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but what’s next,…

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80 Sam’s off, so you’re stuck w/me again

That’s right, Sam had a reprieve from Rangers practice today, so I’m back in the fold for another day. The rumor is that Sam spent the morning formulating his comeback to my assault against UNH. So here’s what I have to offer, the two words UNH fans hear every time…

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103 Post-game musings

A disappointing end to the night, and I’m not even talking about the Rangers losing in overtime. More important, I never even laid eyes on Miss World. Is it possible she was avoiding me? A few thoughts: Adam Hall: you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.…

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59 Casual Tuesday

We’re not even two months into the schedule and I’ve already committed my first major fashion faux pas of the season, showing up at the Garden tonight in a pair of wrinkled jeans. For someone whose idea of dressing up is a new pair of sneakers, I suppose it was…

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24 More on Callahan

As I said before, I’m not sure what can be read into the Rangers calling up Ryan Callahan other than that he’s obviously played well at Hartford — 15 goals and six assists in 21 games — and the Wolf Pack don’t play again until Saturday. As of now, there…

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10 Callahan called up

The Rangers called up Ryan Callahan from Hartford to fill the previously unoccupied 23rd spot on the roster. I’ll have more on this in a bit, but just a word of caution for now: don’t read too much into it. The Wolf Pack don’t play again until Saturday so the…

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56 Monday Mailbag Edition

There is obviously no shortage of topics to discuss in Rangerland, especially in the wake of Pick-gate, which is how I’m describing “the events of overtime last night against Buffalo”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061127/SPORTS01/611270363/1034/SPORTS. Seeing how the team is off today, I figured this would be the ideal time to get to some of…

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21 Post-game musings

I’ll make this quick because it’s late, but it goes without saying there was plenty of talk post-game about the officiating, particularly the pick on Brendan Shanahan that led to the game-winning goal. We even came up upstairs to review the video, and as someone who hates writing about referees,…

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43 If it ain’t broke….

There’s a dental convention in town down the road from the Garden, so I’m pretty sure the Rangers are the second-biggest attraction on the West Side tonight. Man, I just hope they don’t get out of control. You know how these dentists get. Anyway, some pre-game thoughts: Another Sunday game…

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20 Straka For President!

Or at the very least, Postmaster General! Seriously, I haven’t seen a hockey player pull off that impressive a move since Ron Greschner lured in Carol Alt. The result is two points for the Rangers, even if it took a little bit longer than expected. Next up is Buffalo tomorrow…

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14 Back for more

First , thanks are in order to Josh Thomson, the long-mysterious other face on this blog who finally emerged from a several month hibernation to pinch-hit for yours truly. It’s funny, but when you think of BU graduates, you worry if they’re going to be able to put two words…

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22 My debut post: A practice update!!!

I know, I know…thrilling, thrilling stuff. But from someone who’s been around the Mets, Yankees, Giants and Jets plenty over the last few months, even slow days at Rangers practice seem interesting. Why? Because hockey players, on the whole, don’t view us as annoyances. Anyway, two quick things of note:…

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16 Before you enter into your turkey and stuffing-induced coma…

…just a few quick thoughts. As promised, “my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061123/SPORTS01/611230391/1046/SPORTS is on the resurgent, or at least less-maddening Marcel Hossa, who has responded well to his assignment on the Rangers’ third line alongside Blair Betts and Jason Ward. Say what you want about the guy. I don’t think he’s going…

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53 Odds and ends

I’ll make it short today if only because I’m working on about three hours sleep. Granted, that probably merits another blog entry in itself, but for now, a few quick hits: In my haste to make it to practice on time today I grabbed the first ballcap within reach, and…

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