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For the first time ever–EVER–I do not want to go to the Rangers game.  After seeing the way they have played recently, I would much rather sit at home and watch on TV.  I’m even hesitant to do that.  I would much rather watch Lost and the Duke-UNC game tonight than sit through what is probably going to be The Ovechkin Show.

I’ll probably end up watching just to see how the crowd is reacting.

Anywho, here’s something more interesting to watch tonight:

Update: Andrew Gross has a very good interview with Tom Renney on Petr Prucha over at Ranger Rants.

Give it a looksie.

Rangerland.net is bringing the funny in this time of need with The New York Rangers Line Generator and this:

renneywatch

I used that Line Generator and these are the lines I got:

FORWARDS

. Left Wing Center Right Wing
Line 1: Dawes Zherdev Drury
Line 2: Callahan Korpikoski Naslund
Line 3: Orr Voros Gomez
Line 4: Betts Dubinsky Sjostrom

***Please note that Prucha is a healthy scratch.***

DEFENSEMEN

. Left Defense Right Defense
Pairing 1: Mara Reitz
Pairing 2: Kalinin Redden
Pairing 3: Staal Rozsival

Nice touch making Prucha the permanent healthy scratch.

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Good Job, ESPN

On on completely un-hockey related note – The Yankees have just resigned pitcher Andy Pettitte to a 1-year, $5.5 million deal.  Here’s an excerpt from ESPN.com’s article on the signing:

After months of stalled negotiations, Pettitte and the Yankees agreed Monday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract. While the guaranteed money is less than half New York’s original $10 million offer, he can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses: $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster.

 

Read that again.  According to ESPN, 5.5 is less than half of 10.  Worldwide leader in sports.  Not so much first grade math.

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Grading Day 1 of Free Agency: Rangers get a B+

Scott Burnside of espn.com assigns grades for the signings from day 1 of free agency.  Definitely worth a read.

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Here are the video highlights.

P.S.  I love Canada.  ESPN should show highlights like these.  ESPN should also buy the rights to broadcast NHL games.

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Here once again is the definitive series preview, brought to you by a joint effort of the creators of this blog. The Rangers posted a 5-3 record against the Penguins this season. Can Henrik Lundqvist keep Sid the Kid and his cronies from punching the Rangers out of the playoffs? The only way to find out is to keep reading.

It’s on the long side, so click the “more” link below to continue reading.

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ESPN is reporting that the Rangers may host a 2008-2009 regular season game at Yankee Stadium. The rumor is that the opponent would be from the Original Six. My guess is that the league wants the opponent to be the Bruins because of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry and all the great storylines that would accompany the New York vs. Boston matchup.

I think the outdoor games are a great idea, and an annual winter classic makes a lot of sense for the NHL in terms of television contracts and viewership ratings. In my opinion, the most important move for the NHL in the next few seasons will be to get a new contract with a major network for the playoffs (no more Stanley Cup games on Versus please!!!) and to renew their relationship with ESPN. Strong ratings for regular season games will go a long way towards bolstering the credibility of the NHL as a major sport in the U.S.

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