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From John Dellapina at Blueshirts Blog (NY Daily News),
The Garden’s string of courtroom losses was extended today when a federal court judge ruled in favor of the NHL in MSG’s bid to independently control the Rangers’ Web site.
The NHL was going to fine the Rangers $100,000 a day unless they complied with league rules mandating that all team Web sites come under the NHL.com umbrella.
added 5:08pm (by Paul), from Watchdog Blog at Newsday,
MSG officials pledged to appeal the ruling against the injunction and also vowed to proceed with its overall lawsuit against the NHL. “This decision is one step in what will be a very long legal process and we look forward to having the opportunity to present the facts, which support our position.”
Update 12:35am ET November 3rd: More from the Canadian Press
from the NY Post,
Avery tested his shoulder as best he could when he took a run into the boards late in practice. Afterward in the locker room, he held his arm above his head and rotated the shoulder to show that his range of motion is not a problem.
“I think that [hit] was a good test - I got hit pretty hard - so we’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Avery said. “It’s sore, but I just don’t think that’s going to go away.
“I think Tom has a pretty good balance when dealing with me,” Avery said of his coach. “It’s his call and I think he can just gauge it by looking at me.”
From Larry Brooks at the NYP,
“After Saturday, Jaromir and I sat in the locker room until 12 o’clock, talking about changing the power play, and then [Sunday] we practiced it,” said Shanahan. “Jaromir really takes it personally, being here, and winning.”
Lundqvist was outstanding again. Ryan Hollweg had a mighty fine game going up and down the wing. Chris Drury was more involved in the action than he’d been since the opener. The defense played a simple game. The Rangers got pucks in and pucks out and Jagr got a puck in the mouth.
Someone wanted to know whether Jagr lost his original teeth.
“A gentleman never tells,” he said, with a Jack-o-Lantern grin. “But I think if I paid $20,000 for them, they’re mine.”
From Steve Zipay at ‘On the Rangers Beat’,
Sean Avery (separated shoulder) has been cleared for contact, and briefly skated with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez this morning in what was not an optional practice. All healthy players were on the ice.
Rangers coach Tom Renney said Avery “probably has Thursday’s game circled on his calendar,” but that Saturday—-four weeks since the injury—-was more likely.
From Larry Brook at the NY Post,
“There are background story-lines for each one of us,” Shanahan said yesterday following a round of lengthy team meetings and a brief practice session. “With me, it’s age. With Jaromir, it’s not having Mike (Nylander). With Scott and Dru, it’s their contracts and coming into a new environment.
“Except there are no excuses for anyone. I think our situation is magnified because it’s the first 10 games of the season, but that’s on us. We’re not playing bad hockey, but we’re just making it very tough on ourselves.
“I think we’ve become consumed with scoring when our focus should be on winning. We’re putting the cart before the horse. When we get our minds off of goals, wins will come, I’m sure of that.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The root of the problem, no surprise, is that Jaromir Jagr once again just hasn’t found that right fit to work as his pivot. Sometimes it’s Drury (6 points in nine games). Sometimes it’s Gomez (3 points in nine games). And thus far, neither of the new centers has come close to striking up the kind of magic and chemistry Jagr shared last year with Michael Nylander, the ex-Bruin center who eventually made his way back to the Capitals after Gomez and Drury signed their lucrative pacts.
We have seen this before, of course. Just as in Boston, where we’ve learned to live with the Manny-being-Manny reality, it has been that way for both Capitals and Rangers fans with Jagr, the superstar Czech winger. Partnered with the right center, he is often the game’s most dominant force. When not paired with the right give-and-go associate, he looks stagnant and lost, sometimes petulant and brooding.
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from the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,
Stuck in the minors with virtually no chance of being recalled because of his contract and how it fits under the salary cap, Kasparaitis has agreed to play the rest of the season for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Elite League. He told the Daily News that he’ll join the Russian club next week.
Technically, heading to Europe will be a violation of Kasparaitis’ contract. However, as the NHL has no transfer agreement in place with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Rangers would have to sue SKA St. Petersburg to prevent the move.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
These days some dear, dear Rangers fans I know remind me of a TV director with whom I once worked.
Whenever there erupted a crisis in our production, Mr. Director would shout, “Oogah.” This was his take-off on Hollywood flicks about submarines in World War II. When it was time for the U-boat to crash-dive, the “OOGAH” signal would blare and all hands would man their battle stations.
I’m hearing too many versions of “Oogah” from the Blueshirts faithful these days.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s just like old times for Sather and the Rangers. Spend big. Lose big.
As much as I admire Drury, I hope the Rangers continue to struggle, compared to teams that build the old fashioned way.
From within. Via the draft.
By identifying YOUR guys and locking them up. And then by adding a tiny sprinkle of free agent talent as required.
from Rangers Report,
This was Devils coach Brent Sutter speaking to reporters today about facing Scott Gomez tomorrow:
“I had no impact on Gomez whatsoever. I was never here when he was a New Jersey Devil and personally I could care less. It was his choice to decide where he wanted to go play. It was his choice not to want to play in New Jersey anymore and that’s his prerogative. So, to think that we should be easy on him is dead wrong. We’ll treat him like any other player…It’s his choice to across the river and play there. That’s up to him. But our job is go to there and win a hockey game.”
more on the Rangers including Callahan out with knee sprain…
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