The line of the night belongs to one of my editors, Joe Erwin, who, in reference to Rick DiPietro’s 56-save effort, said, “After a performance like that, DiPietro should demand a contract extension.” It was impressive stuff, but equally impressive was how the Rangers still squeezed out the very type... Read More →
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The left wing won’t return, and will be evaluated tomorrow.
There’s been some debate about the suddenly prominent role Brad Isbister has been playing on the Rangers of late, particularly since it may be at the expense of a younger, more promising player. First came news that Isbister was not placed on Hartford’s “clear day roster,” meaning he’ll be with... Read More →
Though Tom Renney still insists that Martin Straka will be a game-time decision, the coach helped the 34-year-old center test out his left shoulder by feathering some one-timers to Straka at mid-ice during the morning skate. Straka looked good to me, although I am not a doctor (nor do I... Read More →
Flash back to two days ago, to the second intermission of Saturday’s matinee against the Blues: The Rangers were down 2-0, and their season was essentially over—not so much because they would be back six points or whatever in the playoff race, but because it was apparent they lacked the... Read More →
Actually, it’s not technically me, either, but a faulty LoHud server that is preventing any of you from making comments. I’m told it’s not something that’s going to be resolved until tomorrow, so you’ll just have to press on without the poetic musings of “DumpJagrDope” for another day. If you... Read More →
A few thoughts at the end of a long day: Tom Renney hardly sounded optimistic when talking about Martin Straka’s availability for Monday against the Islanders. I take “we’ll see” to mean “no way,” but maybe we’ll be surprised. In trying to capture everything that happened today, I failed to... Read More →
Man, even when I take shots at guys I end up off the mark. With that in mind, I’ll step aside and give you audio from the unlikely hero of the day, Stephen Valiquette. More later….
“John, to commemorate your return to New York, we present you with this silver mask, this framed collage, and last but not least….Stephen Valiquette in goal! “After so many loyal years of service, it’s the least we could do!”
Yikes… No, Henrik Lundqvist isn’t hurt, or even sick. But he has started 19 straight games, and Tom Renney figured better to rest his starter now than in two games against the Islanders next week. Personally, I think the team should have called up Al Montoya, who is playing in... Read More →
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 →
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 →