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2 At the end of one…

Tough to say who’s getting more boos: Tom Poti, who is new to the Islanders after an underwhelming tenure with the Rangers; or Rick DiPietro, who is fresh off signing his head-scratching 15-year-contract. As far as the loudest cheers,the clear winner was Diane Lozada, who sang the national anthem. The…

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1 Big Brother is watching…

In the “Whatever you do, don’t trip over the red line” department, Tom Renney will be eschewing his coaching duties tonight so he can watch his team ominously from above the ice surface. No pressure for the handful of prospects he’ll be scouting, of course. It’s only their season, their…

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10 Welcome back

A note on the board in the Rangers dressing room at the MSG Training Center today read: “Dominic, ‘Suit Guy’ from Montreal Coming Tomorrow.” That’s when you know you’ve made it to the NHL. I don’t think “Suit Guys” are making calls to players in Hartford, and if they are,…

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1 Are you sure these games don’t count?

So the Rangers are 3-0 so far in the preseason, which I suppose is a more promising sign than being 0-3 and looking like their skates have all been tied together. If you’re bothering to play the game , especially if you’ve “traveled more than a thousand miles just to…

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8 Hockey Night in San Juan

It’s a tough phrase to get used to. Right up there with “Deep Sea Fishing Day in Omaha.” Alas, dear readers, I did not make the trek to Puerto Rico for tonight’s festivities, which hardly makes me unique. Of the Rangers’ beat writers, I’m pretty sure only the industrious Steve…

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4 Cancel the season

The Rangers are apparently headed to the world famous Bacardi plant in San Juan for a tour and dinner right about now. I’m going to resist the urge to say that a hockey team and enormous quantities of rum sounds like a disturbing the peace citation waiting to happen….

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9 In favor of a new point of view

My man Matthias, who will hereafter be known as “our European correspondent”, just triggered something and I want to throw it out there while it’s fresh in my head. His question specifically was about hockey games on the web, but the subject was hockey broadcasts in general: If you haven’t…

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16 “The $60,000 question”

That was how Tom Renney referred to the current debate within the Rangers over how to handle some of its more promising young players (here’s “my story on the issue in today’s paper”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060922/SPORTS01/609220371/1046/SPORTS). The dilemma looks something like this: for prospects like Brandon Dubinsky, Nigel Dawes and Marc Staal, is…

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21 Puerto Rico lineup set

Not a whole of surprises in terms of who is making the trip south for the Rangers’ preseason game in Puerto Rico, although it’s worth noting that Marc Staal, Brandon Dubinsky, and Nigel Dawes are all on board. Jaromir Jagr took part in the team’s workout prior to their flight…

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1 The real youth movement…

A late night has turned into an early morning for yours truly. I’m suddenly discovering one downside to a dual existence of hockey writer and father of a 16-month-old: You may care that I was there to chronicle the Rangers’ solid effort in their preseason home opener last night. But…

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8 Post-game musings

— Upon further review, the Rangers reversed their decision and now they are bringing Al Montoya to Puerto Rico. So, to review: Al Montoya and Stephen Valiquette are going to Puerto Rico. Henrik Lundqvist and Kevin Weekes are staying in New York. Eddie Giacomin is still retired…. — In other…

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1 Final: Rangers 2, Devils 0

A pretty tepid third period, the highlight being Brendan Shanahan looking like a modern day Reg Dunlop by playing an entire shift without a helmet. Again, not sure you can get too excited by a pre-season win, but you can if you consider the individual efforts of the likes of…

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4 Through two…

Ok, that’s better. The shots where 15-14 that period, meaning it actually was necessary for the Zamboni to clean both ends of the ice. There’s already been a call to end the “Potvin S—” cheer, and in my first controversial move as hockey writer, blogger, and overall guardian of good…

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4 21-1?

Those are the shots through the first period. No truth to the rumor that Henrik Lundqvist was actually asleep in net from the seven-minute mark on. Anyway, a couple of quick thoughts in between periods: — I was going to say it even before he scored a highlight-film goal, but…

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3 Pre-game thought

The Rangers handed out a list of VIPs in attendance at tonight’s game, featuring an assortment of B-list actors and models. I got news for you: if you’re at a pre-season Rangers-Devils game at a half-empty Madison Square Garden, that alone precludes you from being a VIP…. Jokes aside, it’s…

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3 Unpack your sandals, Al…

Greetings from the Garden. Something tells me that might become a familiar phrase over the course of this season. Maybe in mid-January, when I’ve just stepped in a puddle of slush en route to the arena, it might get a little tired. At least on a crisp late summer day…

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3 Rozsival out for two weeks

UPDATE: It is Rozsival’s right knee, which I believe is the same one he injured a few years back. And the surgery is today, not tomorrow. Maybe it isn’t cause for panic, but the Rangers will be without defenseman Michal Rozsival for the rest of the preseason because of a…

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15 The future’s so bright, they have to wear tinted visors…

My “story in today’s paper”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060920/SPORTS01/609200367/1046/SPORTS looks at the rare luxury the Rangers have in fielding two teams to start the preseason, this the result of actually having too many prospects they want to look at. And to think, this is the same organization that once brought you the ill-fated acqusitions…

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4 Post-game musings

— Sometimes I know what I’m talking about. Other times, not so much. I said Marc Staal looked out of sorts at times during the game, but Tom Renney said just the opposite afterward. “I thought he played with a lot of poise,” Renney said. — Al Montoya, Adam Hall,…

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1 Final score….

Rangers 3, Devils 1. Start engraving the Cup! Hey, I’m new at this. Apparently I was wrong about Nigel Dawes. He never returned. Meanwhile, Aaron Ward and Hugh Jessiman also took a couple of nicks to the face, perhaps derailing their future modeling careers. Anyway, a solid effort to start…

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