In the time since I put up the Jaromir Jagr poll, I completely reconfigured my living room, only to discover an emergency of the first order: the remote control now doesn’t work from the couch. Decades from now, when I refer to my rough-and-tumble years, this is what I’ll be... Read More →
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Update: At your suggestion, see the new Jagr poll to the right. Vote early and often!Â In the midst of this Jaromir Jagr scoring drought, with opinions chiming in from every direction — dump him, light a fire under him, offer him a job as a Madison Square Garden hot... Read More →
The great knock against Tom Renney is that he is loyal to a fault, which is why his decision to start Stephen Valiquette over Henrik Lundqvist can be considered a departure from the norm. Again, no one is saying that Valiquette is ready to challenge for the No. 1 job.... Read More →
OK, maybe not. But Tom Renney said he’s still contemplating his choice in goal for tomorrow against the Caps. Was that even a consideration before today? “No,” the coach said. My vote, which counts for nothing:Â go back to Stephen Valiquette.
As if you couldn’t see this coming with the Flyers down a couple. The Rangers handled themselves well enough, although we’ll see if Fedor Tyutin is still coherent after the game…
Update, 1:11 p.m.: Tom Renney has moved Sean Avery back to the top line alongside Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr, with Martin Straka moving back with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan. That leaves a young line of Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, and Petr Prucha. Update, 1 p.m.: Never mind. Malik... Read More →
Stephen Valiquette will again get the nod against the Flyers — owing not to Henrik’s Lundqvist poor showing last night but because the Rangers had already mapped out as much. Thanks to Zipay for the update since I was otherwise occupied. More in a bit…
The Rangers have five straight days without a game next week. Normally that would sound pretty nice. Take some time to heal. If you’re Jaromir Jagr, that’s at least five days in which you won’t be further exasperated by your inability to score. If you’re Sean Avery, that’s at least... Read More →
There will be, it’s worth noting, scouts from nine different teams in attendance tonight. Now, some of those are probably just advance scouts. The Rangers face the Flyers on Saturday, so they’re here. And with Detroit and Anaheim set to clash this weekend as well, that would explain the Red... Read More →
Judging by how he pummeled Fedor Tyutin in their fight today, Blair Betts looks like he’ll be fit to play tonight against the Ducks, OK, bad joke. There was no fight, but there was a healthy Betts on the ice and preparing to play tonight against the reigning Cup champions.... Read More →
Whether there are any lingering effects from Tuesday’s “theatrics between Sean Avery and Marek Malik”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080207/SPORTS01/802070399/-1/SPORTS, I suppose we’ll know today. I got the sense Tom Renney was going to address the issue between the two, and I would imagine the two might have to talk on their own as well.... Read More →
And now back to hockey…. Blair Betts’ MRI on his left knee revealed no tears, which is a welcome sign for the Rangers. He is considered day-to-day, although he told me he will try to skate tomorrow. Either way, the Rangers have Greg Moore in town in case Betts can’t... Read More →
If I hadn’t seen Sean Avery and Marek Malik throwing punches at one another during practice today, I wouldn’t have believed it. But what had been a mere one-on-one battle during drills today quickly escalated into shoves and then an all-out fight between the 6-foot-6 Malik and the 5-10 Avery,... Read More →
Greg Moore is up with the Rangers and on the ice, suggesting that Blair Betts’ injury is serious enough to keep him out tomorrow night against the Ducks. More on that in a bit….
So I can’t pick a football game to save my life, but I can sense the consummate trap game when I see one. For all the Rangers accomplished in their three-game winning streak, it’s still apparent they look a certain killer instinct. IÂ think back to what Brendan Shanahan told... Read More →