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Evening Line

via Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Former Windsor Spitfires captain Adam Graves is a wonderful person and deserves every accolade he receives, but aren’t the New York Rangers getting a little carried away when the recent announcement that they plan to retire the No. 9 sweater worn by Graves sometime during the 2008-09 season? Sure, he was a 50-goal scorer, a Stanley Cup winner and a stand-up guy in the community, but sweater retirements should be rare occurrences and left for players headed to the Hall of Fame - like Andy Bathgate, another Ranger who wore No. 9, won a Hart Trophy with them and is already enshrined in the Hall.

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Avery Belongs In New York

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Something is going on with Avery, who has not spoken to the press since last Tuesday morning. He did not talk after what must have been a mortifying game for him that night against the Kings, his worst as a Ranger. He did not talk after the following day’s fight with Marek Malik. Teammates have said that he’s been uncharacteristically quiet.

And what’s going on with Avery can likely be traced back to his impending free agency and the perception in his own mind that he’s no longer a favorite son.

read on

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Rangers Have Time To Tinker

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

They’re off today, but when the Rangers New York Rangers return to the practice rink tomorrow to open what in essence will be a four-day mini-camp preceding their next match on Saturday, the team will be charged with building off this weekend’s work ethic while Tom Renney will work on implementing changes within the current structure.

“I think this weekend gives us reason to believe that we can battle with anybody relatively well when we play within our system,” the head coach said following yesterday’s 3-2 overtime defeat here to the Capitals. “At the same time, there are adaptations that can be made to help our confidence.”

There are adaptations that can be made to improve the power play while contemplating a major deal for a PP quarterback like Tampa Bay’s Dan Boyle

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Jagr Wants To Lead The Rangers

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

The Rangers treasure that contract because Washington still pays half of Jagr’s $8.36 million salary based on the conditions of the 2004 trade that sent him to New York. And after 17 seasons in the N.H.L., Jagr will not make that kind of money in a new deal.

This has led to rumors that the Rangers will deal Jagr before the trading deadline Feb. 26, although that seems unlikely with a playoff run still in reach.

Jagr said he did not want to play anywhere else. He has relished his role in the Rangers’ return to respectability the past three seasons. He wants to be the player who leads a team to a Stanley Cup, he said, to play the role that Mario Lemieux did for Pittsburgh in 1991 and ’92. Jagr was part of those Penguins teams, winning Cups in his first two N.H.L. seasons.

read on

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Is Valiquette The New King On Broadway

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

Steve Valiquette is the Number One Rangers goalie. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

And if the Long Fellow isn’t in goal for the Blueshirts today in Washington, D.C. I will be very disappointed. I would assume that more than a few Rangers fans will as well.

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The Value Of Jagr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When the Rangers look to next year, Glen Sather’s obligation will be to find a first-line right wing who is compatible with Gomez, rather than to find a first-line center who is compatible with Jagr.

Which is why the Rangers GM is obligated now to find out what he can get in return for Jagr as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches….

Again. This is not a cry for the Rangers to dump Jagr. There is no reason whatsoever to send him away on the cheap. He does have the ability to get hot. He does present a huge challenge for a potential playoff opponent.

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Crucial Games For Rangers

from the NY Daily News,

Saturday in Philadelphia and Sunday afternoon in Washington, the Rangers get a chance to get turned back around again - and to bank four precious points in the standings before sitting and watching for the following five days. During that time, their closest pursuers in the standings will make up some of the games they have in hand on the Rangers.

“We’re not there yet, but it will be tough watching for five days, yeah,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said after yesterday’s practice in Greenburgh. “We’ve certainly talked about the fact that we’ll be idle while the teams we’re competing with will be playing and, in a lot of cases I’m sure, securing points, too.

“So what we’ve got to do is take these next two games as meaning a whole lot.”

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The Weighted Scale

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Gary Bettman made it very clear that I was going to be one of the players watched with a second eye,” said Hollweg, whose suspension was automatic for having been assessed a third game-misconduct this season. “I know they have my number, I know I’m being watched, but what does that have to do with it when I get hit in the face by an elbow?

“It shouldn’t matter who it is. If I do something to another player or if another player does something to me, it should be judged on the same scale.”

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Malik Gets a TKO

From The Rangers Report,

If I hadn’t seen Sean Avery and Marek Malik throwing punches at one another during practice today, I wouldn’t have believed it.

But what had been a mere one-on-one battle during drills today quickly escalated into shoves and then an all-out fight between the 6-foot-6 Malik and the 5-10 Avery, lasting maybe 30 seconds before it eventually ended. For those scoring at home, we’ll call it Malik by TKO.

Words were exchanged after that. At one point, Avery could be heard saying, “What are you,a tough guy? Why don’t you play like that in a game?”

continued…

*hat-tip to HockeyFights.com for the link

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Renney To The Rescue

from the New York Daily News,

Tom Renney understands that absorbing some physical punishment is part of being a top player. But Renney has just about had it with the unpenalized bashing he believes Jaromir Jagr receives most games….

“He’s the best player on our team and he is never going to dive,” Renney said of Jagr, who on Sunday took an on-ice pounding from Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek and the usual over-the-air hammering from NBC analyst Mike Milbury. “He’s always going to play the game straight up to the best of his ability. Whereas those that oppose him - that stop him - in my mind, play outside the rules of the game at times.

“And for whatever reasons, it seems to go unnoticed because he doesn’t fall down; he doesn’t embellish; he’s strong; he uses his size well; he’s a puck-possession guy. And yet, protect the integrity of the game and allow the player to play.

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