Along with the usual team updates—Tyutin’s knee, Shanny’s head, Straka’s shoulder—I spent most of yesterday working on a story about “John Davidson’s return to the Garden”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070303/SPORTS01/703030388/1034/SPORTS today. One of the personal disappointments heading into this season was knowing JD wasn’t going to be around seeing how he was one of... Read More →
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The Rangers confirmed that Darius Kasparaitis was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after experiencing shortness of breath, and has already been released. If that’s the good news, you’re not going to like the bad. The team also said Fedor Tyutin had an MRI done on his left MCL... Read More →
Steve Zipay has details of “Darius Kasparaitis being taken to the hospital for shortness of breath”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/ during a practice in Hartford. Kasparaitis was apparently sobbing uncontrollably when he left the ice. I’m trying to track down information on my own. I’ll post it when I have it.
Assuming I have not screwed this up entirely, you should be able to access some audio from today with Tom Renney below. Unfortunately I still haven’t figured out how to edit this stuff properly, so you have to endure some dead air along with some annoying questions from a TV... Read More →
Adding to the misadventures of this season, many players had trouble getting to the rink today because of the weather, and are only trickling on the ice now. Interestingly, for a while, Kevin Weekes was the only player on the ice, and was getting in some angle work with goaltending... Read More →
Fedor Tyutin’s condition is being described as a sprain to his left MCL. Still no word on how long he’ll be out. It’s good to be the Penguins: On one end of the hallway tonight, Evgeni Malkin was chatting up two blonde models, with a tanned Mario Lemieux standing nearby.... Read More →
….but I even scarfed down two full plates of some sort of Chinese-influenced chicken, rice, and egg roll concoction here in the Garden press room. So if you see me doubled-over in the press box later, you’ll know why…. Anyway, nothing major to report: Straka is still out, Roberts and... Read More →
I was hauled into The Journal News offices this afternoon for non-hockey related work, but fear not, dear readers: the plan is for to me still be at the Garden by the opening face-off. In the meantime, plenty of exciting activity on the blog front, with the long-awaited audio clips... Read More →
There are Montreal Canadiens milling about the hallway here since they’re using the Rangers practice facility today. In fact, I should make this quick since word is Souray, Kovalev and Co. want the use of this media room to get dressed as soon as I leave. (By the way, not... Read More →
Perhaps because I’ve already irritated Rangers fans once this week by calling them delusional, I “sought out Marek Malik yesterday”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070301/SPORTS01/703010420/1046/SPORTS to ask him about 1) the “A” Tom Renney awarded him with on Tuesday night; 2) his team-best plus-23 rating; and 3) the boos he’s been hearing on a nightly... Read More →
Thanks to the boss for passing along this wire story about former Rangers great Mike Richter considering entering the political ring. NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Ã¢â‚¬â€ U.S. Rep. Chris Shays was one of the few moderate Republicans to survive a body blow by Democrats in November, but he may soon... Read More →
Marty Straka didn’t skate at practice today, and tomorrow against the Penguins seems unlikely. Both Tom Renney and Straka also acknowledged that the shoulder injury is something that the forward is going to need to address during the off-season. That said, Straka reported improvement from yesterday, so there remains the... Read More →
What, you’re not believers? OK, so let’s hold off on the “There’s no stopping this Rangers juggernaut” stories for at least a little while. Still, here’s the remarkable part: considering how dreadful this team has been at points this year, they’re still only six points out of a playoff spot.... Read More →
OK, lots of ground to cover and not a lot of time to cover it: First, the most pressing: as of this writing, Paul Mara has not arrived at the Garden because of airline problems in Boston, but the Rangers are still hoping to get him in the lineup tonight.... Read More →
Jarkko Immonen has been called up along with Brad Isbister from Hartford. Still no word on whether Paul Mara will make it here in time for the game, although Tom Renney said Mara would play if he does.