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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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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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