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32 Some final thoughts to close out 2006

All told, a pretty good year for the kid, from covering the “2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=USOPEN, to this chance to re-immerse myself in the greatest game in the world. I know, I’m a journalist, I’m supposed to be impartial. But seeing how hockey has always been a significant part of…

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43 Post-game musings

Perhaps the most poignant scene of the season came in the Rangers’ dressing room post-game tonight, when Brendan Shanahan walked in after doing an MSG interview, and he was met with a string of hugs and hand shakes from players and coaches. There were Perry Pearn and Mike Pelino both…

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29 Those were the days

I’m back, equipped with my wife’s computer, my wife’s cell phone, but thankfully, my own clothes. A man has to draw the line somewhere. As for the Rangers, I suppose it’s worth noting that the team they face tonight is the very Capitals team they opened their season against to great…

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13 Thanks for coming…

The Rangers just sent out an email to announce they’re shipping Bryce Lampman back to Hartford. As you guys know, Lampman was here for the Islanders and Senators games this week but never saw any game action. No further details, but they did not announc another move along with it.…

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21 Panic time

And I’m not even talking about the Rangers. Of greater urgency, I’m having my second major computer meltdown in the span of two weeks — on two different machines, no less — and hence will be out of pocket until later this afternoon. On the positive side, you can talk…

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105 “Reunited, and it feels so good…..”

Barring the following unforeseen circumstances, Tom Renney plans to put his top unit of Michael Nylander, Jaromir Jagr, and Martin Straka back together tonight against the Senators: *One of three comes down with the flu.* *One of the three takes a boneheaded double minor penalty and is benched for a…

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34 And we’re back…

Well, I’m back, at least. I’m not sure the same can be said for your beloved Rangers. Speaking of which, what in the name of Ron Low is going on around here? I go on vacation for six days and in the meantime, the Rangers decide to go turn-of-the-millenium on…

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37 Shanny and Cullen miss practice; Ortmeyer close

Here are some tidbits from practice today: 1. Brendan Shanahan and Matt Cullen sit out: No cause for alarm. Both were just banged up last night and need the break, according to Tom Renney, and Renney said they should return to the ice tomorrow. For what it’s worth, both were…

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46 Through 2, Isles 1, Rangers 0

What an exciting period of hockey, spoiled, if you are a Ranger or a Ranger fan, by the Aaron Asham goal that gave the Isles their lead. That period just had so many hits, some of Radek Martinek’s blood, and Mike Sillinger barely able to make it off the bench…

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9 Scoreless after 1

Rangers-Isles are scorelsss after one period, although the Isles have definitely gotten the better of things. Here’s why: *1. The Rangers are lucky this isn’t a basketball game.* If turnovers were a stat here, they’d have an embarrassingly high total through 20 minutes. *2. The Isles have outshot them.* Isles…

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7 Not to rip on the Isles…

but they just had an announcer interview Tom Poti before the game, but I wouldn’t exactly call it an interview. More like a pep rally. He finished by saying he hoped DiPietro could continue his stellar play tonight against the Rangers. I’m pretty young, but that seems like a journalistic…

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7 Pregame, Rangers vs. Islanders

A few tidbits from Tom Renney’s pregame talk with the media: — Just returned from downstairs in the Coliseum and Tom Renney said *Henrik Lundqvist is in net.* Also, *Martin Straka will start the game at center,* though Renney made it a point to say it doesn’t mean he won’t…

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22 A couple lineup items

Hey, everyone. Hope you had a good holiday. Apparently, Sam has decided to be pleasant to me this week, so it appears our endless college hockey war has ceased. I just got an email from the Rangers. I don’t have the complete lineups yet (will return with those later tonight…

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7 Greetings from Vermont

Yes, I’m still on vacation, but I figured I’d pass along that the Rangers have called up both Jed Ortmeyer and defenseman Bryce Lampman from Hartford, while sending Brad Isbister down the other way. Ortmeyer will remain a non-roster injured player pending further examination. As for the 24-year-old Lampman, no…

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120 One more to go

The Rangers need only to get through tonight against the Lightning and then maybe they can take a couple of days over Christmas to catch their collective breath. Again, I’m only viewing from afar these days, but one would imagine they’ll get some bodies — i.e. Michael Nylander and Henrik…

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32 And now for another brief programming note

As much as I’ve enjoyed the various theories about where I’ve been of late — that I’ve been shipped off to another paper, that I’m actually a CIA operative now stationed in Eastern Europe, that I’ve abandoned the blog altogether and am pursuing my real dreams of Hollywood stardom –…

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151 I haven’t forgotten about you

Sorry, everyone, for my lack of correspondence. I’m going to be out of pocket for tonight, and I’ll explain more tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the Rangers quest for a return to respectability tonight against the woeful Panthers. Kevin Weekes is in net as Henrik Lundqvist is still fighting the…

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215 Hello Brad Isbister

With the Rangers slogging their way through a three-game losing streak, it’s open for interpretation whether they should be commended for allowing for opportunities within their own system; or chastised for tapping the shoulder of another NHL retread. But the plan after practice today was to send Ryan Callahan back…

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