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Back To The Drawing Board

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If there’s one gift Tom Renney needs before the Rangers resume their post-Christmas action, it is a new drawing board.

His club needs a revised strategy - nothing major, however, - to get back on track.

Surely Santa can afford that drawing board for Tom.

As it happens, the Rangers coach has until Wednesday night, December 26 - known in Canada as Boxing Day - to complete some serious brainstorming.

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Rangers Have Decisions To Make

from Bruce Garrioch of theOttawa Sun,

The Rangers haven’t had any talks with G Henrik Lundqvist, who can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is making $4.25 million this season. The Rangers are going to have to pony up about $8 million per season on a new contract to fend off the threat of an offer sheet from a team looking for goaltending help. The Lightning, Kings and Oilers would all be in the running.

If the Rangers decide to trade W Jaromir Jagr at the deadline, Detroit is a possible destination.

much more rumor talk…

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The Rangers Shuffle Lines

via the New York Post,

For the first time since very early in the season, yesterday’s practice saw Scott Gomez reunited with Jaromir Jagr on his wing.

In recent weeks, it seemed that ex-Devil Gomez, in concert with Brendan Shanahan, had begun to find his niche on this side of the Hudson….

The other major shift is Chris Drury being put between Shanahan and Nigel Dawes.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who missed Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Phoenix due to flu symptoms, will be a game-time decision.

I have also heard the Rangers have recalled goaltender Al Montoya

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The Value Of Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

At this point, Lundqvist, Washington winger Alex Ovechkin and Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf are the three select Group IIs yet unsigned to extensions. The Rangers cannot formally begin talks with Lundqvist until the calendar turns to 2008, and when it does, they will. And when they do, they will have no choice but to accede to their 25-year-old franchise goaltender’s demands. They won’t even be able to protect Lundqvist from receiving an offer sheet by filing against him for arbitration, because they did that last summer, even though they didn’t go through with the process.

What is Lundqvist, who can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, worth to the Rangers? He’s worth pretty much any dollar amount he and agent Don Meehan request.

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Avery Wants To Make Hockey “Cooler”

from the New York Times (Sunday edition),

...“In a way, I want to make our sport cooler,” Mr. Avery said of his high-profile exploits.

The fans at Madison Square Garden don’t need to be sold. Earlier that Monday, the muscular Mr. Avery, dressed in a black V-neck while recovering from wrist surgery, had made a surprise appearance in the raucous upper ring of the arena known as the “blue seats” during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“Do I really need two security guards?” he asked the Rangers publicist leading the expedition.

“Hey, you’re a rock star,” the publicist said. Minutes later, a sea of fans in blue jerseys had swallowed Mr. Avery, chanting his name.

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Jagr Needs A Center

from The Record,

It’s clear that Jagr is missing the chemistry he had with Michael Nylander. For two seasons, Nylander brought out the best in Jagr because their styles complemented each other….

It’s time to give Gomez or Drury another try with Jagr, who hasn’t scored a goal in five games, and stick with it until they figure out how to make it work.

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Line Of The Day

Brendan Shanahan speaking to Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

“The referees seem to be letting a little more go in the way of physical battles in the corners and in front of the net,” he noted. “So it is tough to score goals.”

These weren’t gripes. “Look, every night is a tough game,” he said. “If you’re off just a little, you won’t win. That’s why you can’t press in tight situations. Detroit is so experienced that they have patience to play their style no matter what the score is. When you get away from that, teams capitalize.”

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Rangers Need Jagr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Physically, I feel great, but I understand that it’s all about the numbers and always has been about the numbers,” Jagr, who is pointless and minus-seven in the last three games, told The Post following yesterday’s practice. “I’m trying my best.

“I give 100 percent every game. I don’t know what to say about why it’s not working for me. If I had the answers, I would use them.

“Things have changed with the way the team is and the way the game is played, but I have never made an excuse for myself, and I am not making any excuses for myself now. I’m just saying the way it is.”

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Rangers Miss Avery

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The Missing Link was sitting among the spectators in the Madison Square Garden stands, that’s where he was…while his mates skated in a state of despair, disgust, disappointment and disillusion.

And there was absolutely nothing The Missing Link, alias Sean Avery, could do about it.

For more than a month, The Maven has been chirping that Avery, not Henny Lundqvist, not Jaromir Jagr, not Brendan Shanahan, was the Rangers’ most valuable player. Most folks disagreed.

Now, every day in every way, it is apparent that The Missing Link is missed BIG-TIME.

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Blake Heard No Disparaging Comments From Avery

From the CP,

If noted New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery made disparaging remarks toward Jason Blake the last time they faced off, the Toronto forward never heard them.

A Toronto radio report following the teams’ previous meeting last month in Canada said a pre-game scuffle between Avery and Leafs counterpart Darcy Tucker was fuelled by a comment that Avery made toward Blake regarding his current battle with leukemia.

FAN 590 reporter Howard Berger had claimed Avery made “cancer-related remarks” to Blake, citing an unidentified Rangers player. Blake was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease in October but has continued to play while being treated.

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Note: report earlier today that MSG denied Berger access to the press box tonight.

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