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13 Stay tuned

The Rangers held only an optional skate this morning, so I won’t know line information or the starting goalie for this afternoon’s meeting with the Sabres until later. I’ll check back when I have it. In the meantime, here’s “my story”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061105/SPORTS01/611050373/1046/SPORTS looking ahead to today. Speaking of which, I thought…

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31 Anywhere but here

Because I’m a rally-killer by nature, prone to spoiling whatever positive vibe that might be circulating within a room, I felt it was important to greet the Rangers with a cold splash of reality. So my conversation with a few of them today went something like this: “Welcome back and…

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13 Coming full circle

My apologies for starting off so late today, but you should know that my own hockey career sometimes gets in the way (speaking of which, I actually had a former NHL All-Star who was also a Ranger at one point on my line today. I’ll let you all try to…

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123 Wait, what do we do now?

What is this — optimism? Euphoria? I don’t get it. Where is the despondence? The desperation? The sky-is-falling calls to trade the entire roster? Remember what I said other day about how there wouldn’t be much to talk about on a Rangers blog if the team always just played smart,…

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37 What to watch for: Dionne Warwick edition

Get it? San Jose? Hello? Anyone? Anyway this is the last game of the West Coast road trip, which of course means you can soon return to normal sleep cycles under your Barry Beck posters. Here’s hoping it’s a good one, if only for the people of San Jose –…

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32 One more to go

After such an encouraging showing last night against the Ducks, maybe it wouldn’t make too much sense for Tom Renney to shuffle his lineup for tonight’s road trip finale against San Jose — which is why, yes, the coach is again giving Kevin Weekes the nod in net. And yet……

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44 Mark it down

Mark it down: November 1. If the Rangers end up as a viable playoff team, it’s because they were able to live up to the promise of last night’s 4-3 overtime win at Anaheim. If they sputter out, it’s because what we saw last night proved to be an aberration.…

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57 Meanwhile, on the farm…

Wolf Pack 4, Portland 3 If nothing else, the Rangers organization will get one win tonight, and given the dismal state of the team’s AHL affiliate these days, that’s saying something. Meanwhile, there’s a report out of New York that says the Rangers are looking to pack out of Hartford…

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60 You wonder why the Whalers ever left

Granted, maybe it’s because the Wolf Pack are off to a discouraging start at 1-6, but I wouldn’t exactly describe the atmosphere here at the Civic Center as electric. Or put it another way: if Darius Kasparaitis wasn’t depressed when he was first sent down to the AHL, he probably…

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42 Hanging out to dry

If and when Kevin Weekes requires extensive pschyotherapy for seeing slapshots in his sleep, he might want to send the bill to Rangers coach Tom Renney. As was the case when Renney threw his backup goaltender out against the surging Buffalo Sabres for Weekes’ first start of the season, Weekes…

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72 Changes in the wind

You have to love the dueling tabloids, which often seem to be having a direct conversation with one another. My colleagues on the Rangers beat — both of whom are among the best in the business — have two different takes on the Rangers flirtations with the Blackhawks in recent…

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26 Kaspar sent down

We knew something was coming regarding the Rangers defense, and sure enough, Darius Kasparaitis has been sent down to Hartford for a 10-day conditioning assignment. Bear in mind a conditioning assignment means Kasparaitis doesn’t have to go through waivers, so I’m not sure where that leaves the team in terms…

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57 Big game hunting?

I had a conversation this afternoon with Don Maloney, who was reluctant to say too much about the precarious state of the Rangers, mostly because he has been busy scouting other teams. That said, I figure it’s worth noting that the Rangers assistant GM said he is going to be…

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63 Black Halloween

I give up. OK, not really, but hear me out for a second. I think one of the reasons you’ve all been responsive to this space is the fact that I’m fairly honest with my limitations. I know hockey. I played it all growing up, played competitively in high school…

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69 Wow

I didn’t think it was possible for the Rangers to be as bad as they’ve been so far. And really, when you consider some of the other duds the team has put forth this year, that’s saying something. Why do I get the feeling their off day tomorrow will not…

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40 What to watch for: L.A. edition

Other than the outside chance that they’re looking to launch a film career (“Blair Betts…Jason Ward….in…..THE PENALTY KILLERS”), the Rangers objective in Hollywood tonight doesn’t extend far beyond two points. And you figure they’re going to need it. The team has Halloween off tomorrow, but then faces back-to-back games against…

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45 Hollweg Heads Home

It was inevitable that the focus in L.A. today would turn to Ryan Hollweg, the rare (or is it the only?) NHL product from Southern California. A couple of my colleagues on the Rangers beat have compelling profiles of the Rangers resident fullback in skates, “as does the L.A. Times’…

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25 Going back to the well?

That at least was the impression I got from my conversation with Tom Renney Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a win in Phoenix, having shifted to L.A., the Rangers coach said he wasn’t sure of his lineup for Monday night against the struggling Kings, but it was his “inclination” to use…

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16 Never discount the importance of psychology

Compare the Rangers to an 11-year-old baseball player. He’s just spent the better part of two weeks flailing at everything thrown his way. But when his old man lobs a few in for him to finally connect bat with ball, he suddenly doesn’t feel so useless. My point, loyal readers,…

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30 “Reg, what’d you say to the guy?”

It’s always my standard line when there seems to be an overly exuberant response to something. And that seems to be what we’re getting tonight from the Rangers, who are turning the diehard hockey fans in Phoenix — all four of them — on their ears. You are correct, I…

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