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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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1 Dawes goes off…

Nigel Dawes took a puck to the chin early in the third period and headed to the locker room. Even money says he’s back before the period is over. In the meantime, Ryan Hollweg has taken his place at left wing.

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3 Through two…

…the score remains Rangers 3, Devils 1. Not a bad showing given the Rangers line-up is comprised almost entirely of prospects while the Devils — from Brodeur to Scott Gomez to Jamie Langenbrunner — clearly have more established players. If there’s a reason the Rangers have looked better at even…

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2 At the end of one….

Rangers 3, Devils 1 A couple of quick observations after a fairly eventful first period: — If the Rangers sought an upgrade when they traded Dominic Moore for Adam Hall, they might have been on to something. I know, I know, it’s the first period of the first exhibition game.…

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1 Make that Rangers 3, Devils 0

Man, that was fast… First Adam Hall beat Brodeur to make it 2-0, then Brandon Dubinsky snapped one low between Brodeur’s legs seconds later to make it 3-0 (Hall’s goal was unassisted. Nigel Dawes and Jason Ward each assisted on the Dubinsky goal). Did I mention that it was Martin…

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0 Rangers 1, Devils 0

Rangers take advantage of an extended power play to open the scoring. Blair Betts beat Martin Brodeur between the legs (“five-hole” in hockey lexicon) at 4:01 into the first. New Rangers Adam Hall and Aaron Ward each were credited with an assist. Overall, pretty good intensity in the early-going….

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