Archive for March 15th, 2007

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Rangers Cursed Again

Rangers Rumors & News

At this rate, the Rangers could be looking at another 54-year Stanley Cup drought. The team is almost certainly cursed once again. Is it the curse of the Joe Sakic Restricted Free Agent Offer Sheet? The ghost of Dallas Eakins (alive and well incidentally)? The only thing we know for sure is that even the impending return of captain-de-facto Brendan Shanahan is unlikely to save this squad unless he brings an exorcist along with him.

An MRI on Wednesday revealed that defenseman Karel Rachunek has suffered a Grade II MCL sprain – the exact same injury that claimed both Fedor Tyutin and Marcel Hossa in the last few weeks. Like those players before him, Rachunek will be sidelined for three to four weeks.

With youngsters Thomas Pock and Daniel Girardi already pressed into service on the blueline, Hartford callup David Liffiton will now join them. The Rangers also recalled Hartford’s leading scorer, Ryan Callahan, in an attempt to boost their sagging attack. He joins Brandon Dubinsky …

Di-P Update

Islanders Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Greg Logan:

Inventing a new description to describe [goalie Rick] DiPietro’s condition, the Islanders came up with “general body soreness.” He’s considered day-to-day….Although [coach Ted] Nolan declined to say whether or not DiPietro officially was diagnosed with a concussion, another high-ranking person in the organization said they don’t believe he has a concussion. DiPietro has some stiffness in his neck and “general soreness,” but the feeling is he’s likely to miss one game and probably will return for the final two games of this road trip at Florida and Tampa Bay. It’s even possible DiPietro might skate tomorrow morning in Ottawa, so, you never know….DiPietro said he had a concussion last season in Washington but said he was uncertain of the diagnosis this time. Politely ending our brief conversation, he headed back to the locker room and was ruled off-limits for a longer interview after practice by a team spokesman.

“Do or Die”

Yankees Rumors & News

We’d be remiss not to mention the latest controversy surrounding Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, however from where we’re sitting, it’s much ado about nothing.

To anyone listening to A-Rod’s interview with Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN yesterday afternoon, the alienated all-star showed a different side than the polished politician that fans are accustomed to seeing – he showed that he’s human. It was a brutally honest 15-minute exchange in which the Talk Show giants agreed A-Rod came across as more endearing and personable than ever before.

However to hear the local papers tell it, A-Rod once again put his foot in his mouth, laying the groundwork for his escape from New York via an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of the season.

While A-Rod did indicate that 2007 will be a “do or die” season as far as his tenure in pinstripes is concerned, he made it abundantly clear that his preference is to put up another monster MVP-type season en route to …

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