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22 Post-game musings

My otherwise spry 71-year-old father had a mild heart attack this summer. For his sake, I’m going to advise him to stop watching the Rangers. You understand what I’m getting at here. I suppose we could go into full detail about the Rangers coughing up another two-goal lead to have…

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22 That’s more like it

A good opening period for the Rangers, although maybe not for Aaron Ward and Jaromir Jagr, both of whom came within inches of injuries to vital organs and yet who both stayed in the game. I know how they feel. I stubbed my toe on the way to the bathroom…

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25 Remember him?

As expected, the Rangers are turning to the forgotten (not really) Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Florida Panthers, and will be otherwise employing the same lineup they used in Sunday’s overtime loss to Buffalo. A few thoughts: I don’t know much about goalies, other than the fact that I can’t…

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8 Odd man out

As promised, I went into further detail on Thomas Pock “in my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061108/SPORTS01/611080366/1046/SPORTS. A few thoughts: There have been a few questions about whether Pock would ever return to forward, which he played growing up and for most of his career at UMass. I asked Pock about it yesterday…

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21 A couple of late night thoughts…

…before turning in: The mystery linemate, i.e. Valeri Kamensky, was back again tonight, and despite setting me up roughly 37 times in front of the net, I had only marginal success to speak of. Between me and another one of his old linemates, Mark Messier, I’m pretty sure I know…

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57 Second class citizens

There’s a note on the board in the Rangers locker room reminding players that those no-good Knicks took the team plane on their own road trip and that the Rangers are stuck taking a charter. I have the same problem with my wife. Of course, ours revolves around a Subaru.…

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21 Brooklyn Bound?

UPDATE: The Rangers are dismissing as “pure speculation” an ESPN Radio report that says the team is going to announce the move tomorrow. Madison Square Garden has an announcement scheduled for Thursday about partnering with Aviator Sports for a new Chelsea Piers-type sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field in South…

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27 And the winner is…..

…reader Laurie, who correctly guessed my mystery linemate as Valeri Kamensky, an All-Star with the Colorado Avalanche who had two injury plagued seasons with the Rangers from 1999-2001. A consolation prize goes to DoodieMachetto, who was wise enough to endorse Laurie’s guess. A couple of things: A supposed friend of…

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25 Monday Mailbag Edition

This being an off day for the Rangers, I figured I’d take the opportunity to get to some of the most pressing questions that crop up here. In fact, let me get a few out of the way right now: No, I am not a complete idiot. A partial idiot,…

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27 Post-game musings

I’ll be quick because I have a train to catch… I believe the Kevin Weekes honeymoon is over. It was fun. We had some laughs. But the backup goalie looked like, well, a backup goalie tonight. And the timing seems right to get Henrik Lundqvist back in net. Nothing serious…

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34 Oh not, not again

Some quick hits after the first period: Amazing stat: it took more than 17 minutes for the first penalty to be called. What do the referees think this is, hockey? Another dubious period for Marek Malik, whose giveaway to Adam Mair almost put the visiting Sabres up 2-0 halfway through…

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18 Henrik Who?

There are two ways to look at Tom Renney’s decision to start Kevin Weekes for a third straight game tonight against the Sabres. One is quite simple: Weekes has won each of the team’s last two games, and both in impressive fashion. By that measure, another chance tonight should be…

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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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