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Thank You

April 13, 2018, by

I started writing for Blue Seat Blogs back during the 2011-2012 season.  It still astounds me that it has been six years, so far.  It really doesn’t seem like that long ago. I remember that there was an article about Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller (I honestly can’t even find the post now), but I was so worked up about people saying that goalies should be fair game when they come out that far that I went on a tirade in the comments section, which is highly unusual for me (before I began writing I never really engaged in the comments section).  Next thing I know, The Suit had sent me an email asking if I would be interested in contributing to the site.  Man, I miss that well-dressed, head-less maniac. 

My first post was back in November of 2011.  It was a little mini-breakdown of an advanced goaltending stat called DIGR (Defense Independent Goalie Rating) that debuted at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference that year.  After re-reading it again, I’ll admit it was pretty dry stuff.  It received all of eight comments.  However, it was the first of many I would pen in this space over the years.  It was just Dave, Chris, The Suit and myself back then.  Over the years we had added new writers and expanded the type of coverage we have provided to include expertise on prospects, the Draft, advanced statistics, etc., to try to bring you the very best coverage of our beloved Rangers.

Many of you here in the community pre-dated me.  There are so many recognizable names in the comments section that have been here with us for years, each day contributing to a lively discussion (sometimes heated discussion) of the sport we all love and share.  This season has been a difficult one for the Rangers, especially in context.  Ever since I started writing here, the Rangers have been at least a semi-competitive team.  Henrik Lundqvist was in his prime and the team was on their way to real contender status.

Normally, I would have already written posts scouting opposing goalies for playoff matchups and hand wringing over lineup choices.  Not this season, unfortunately.  We all get to go through our first re-build together.  The writing on the wall has been visible for a while now, and this was the season it all came crashing down.  I honestly don’t know if that has made it more or less difficult to watch unfold.

Regardless, this has been a difficult season to endure.  On our best days, we are a dysfunctional family trying to reconcile our experience, perspective, politics and patience for each other on a daily basis.  We bicker, yell, name call and display many other behaviors that are only acceptable for adults when discussing sports.  It can get a little rough in there.  There are few frustrations like the frustration of losing. There are so many factors beyond our control and we are forced to sit there, helplessly and hope for change. It would be easy to disengage.

My point with this whole post is to say, Thank You.  Thank you for continuing to contribute to this crazy place even when the team isn’t performing.  Thank you for bringing your perspective, life experience and passion for the game to our space.  Thank you for sharing your love of this team with all of the wonderful people who make this site what it is.  Of course, thank you to Dave for continuing to run the very best Rangers site on the whole wide interwebs.

Over the course of the next few months, we will embark on one of the most important off-seasons that this franchise has seen in quite some time.  We will be here to cover all of it; provide reporting on breaking news, give our analysis of the moves the front office makes and be ready for the start of the year.  I’m sure you will all be too, and we are incredibly grateful for that.  So, once again.  Thank You.

Feel free to use this post as a playoff open thread.  Talk about coaching replacements, last night’s games, rebuild philosophy, whatever. Have a great weekend, everyone.

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50 comments

  1. Lee says:

    Thank you Justin! Your posts are always sell written and thought out.
    I thought this was going to be a farewell post. Thankfully it is not. Keep em coming!

  2. Walt says:

    Justin

    It’s funny, the other day I sat at my computer and jotted a quick note to Dave, thanking him, and his entire staff for doing such a great job everyday. I’ll repeat myself again, so what’s new, thanks to you all for the wonderful articles, insight, and topics for us to pull our hair out about. Be advised that when I started reading this site, I had hair like Elvis, now I look more like Mr Clean!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Walt says:

      Walt says:
      Apr 9, 2018 at 7:21 am
      Pat

      I have to thank you, and the entire staff for doing yo mans work on this site. You all made what could have been an absolutely miserable season at least tolerable with the fine work the entire staff did on our behalf. Thanks, and keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!

      I get confused until the second cup of coffee, the note went to Pat, but the sentiment is the same, good work folks!!!!!!!

      • Justin says:

        Thank you for your commitment everyday here, Walt!

        • Fotiu is God says:

          Stick tap to you, Justin.

          As a print editor and journalist, I have deep respect for what you and The Braintrust at BSB produce; the commitment, if not the challenge to present salient talking points each day.

          Likewise, The Suit also deserves his accolades. The dude brought it, not unlike his buddy Colton Orr loading up that big overhand.

          His presence has been missed. Same for Original Rob…

          Salvos.

  3. Brendan says:

    BSB has become my go-to for daily (sometimes up to the minute) Rangers updates. Twitter is great, but very congested. I used to rely on Andrew Gross and Zip for blog-stuff, but they’re gone and BSB is perfect! Thank you, and keep up the good work and great content!!!

  4. Blue Seat says:

    Yes, the insight and coverage this site provides is much appreciated. Return to the site frequently, to learn, agree or disagree with what is stated, and sometimes comment. Good work people. Thank you.

  5. Hatrick Swayze says:

    Thanks, Justin. You da man.

    Curious your technical/mental thoughts on Holtby. Ever since the meltdown to the Pen’s last spring he’s not really gotten his game back. Anything you’ve noticed imparticular / any idea why he can’t seem to get back to the previous elite level Ranger fans once feared?

    • Justin says:

      Much appreciated, as always, Hatrick. You make this site a better place.

      As far as Holtby goes, it has to be mental. Mitch Korn is too good a goalie coach to have some technical issues plague him for this long. Could also be an injury. For what it’s worth, I think it was a mistake to sit Holtby in game 1. If he is having confidence issues, showing him you don’t believe in him by starting an inferior backup isn’t going to help the situation. If Holtby falters, you could always go to Grubauer in game 2. Holtby is too good not to come around.

  6. joe cafardo says:

    Thanks Justin and all of you folks who write. I am new to the site…but have found it a great place to read informed points of view about Ranger matters. We may not all agree but we do generally respect each other and that is a credit to all who post and curate the site. I also appreciate its a place to vent frustration about poor management and ownership the NY fan is subjected to.
    Its been very hard to be a NY sports fan. And for me living in Boston particularly brutal. I just wonder what it would feel like where each Fall you expect your football team to be in the SB; in Winter the NBA finals and Stanley Cup and Spring…the WS. That is a Boston fan’s sports year.

  7. Leatherneck says:

    Goalies are fair game when out of the paint. They are now technically a skater….bury them if they play the puck

    • Justin says:

      Oh, Leather. Thank you for making me re-live this.

      Repeat after me: The. Equipment. Is. Not. Designed. For. That. Type. Of. Impact.

      You have three choices: 1.) Make it illegal for a goalie to come out into the player’s area of the ice, 2.) Make it illegal for players to hit a goalie for coming out into the player’s area of the ice, or 3.) Change the equipment to make it safe for a goalie to get hit if he comes out into the player’s area of the ice.

      Saying “he is fair game out there” as things are currently situated, is dangerous and uninformed.

      • JoeS. says:

        Hmmm, I have missed that perspective previously, ok you have persuaded me.

        And Thanks, Justin and all the rest.

    • Egelstein says:

      I’d personally argue that, independent of these other very fine points that Justin makes, the skater is actually much more well served to strip the puck and gain possession with an open net than take himself out of the play to hit the goalie to take him off the puck, leaving the puck up for grabs. If I was bearing down on a goalie well out of the crease with the puck, my first thought is not to hit him, but to rob him and score a freebie. If the first thought is to hit him, then that player is looking solely to cause injury, IMO.

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      An absolutely bonkers assertion. I’d recommend switching from watching hockey games to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test footage if you’re into the type of reverberation.

      • Leatherneck says:

        I disagree….people seem to forget the likes of Billy Smith

        A goalie is a player….he has no rights after exiting the net. He knows that too….so…eh….clobber him

        • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

          I agree with leather … Fair game when he’s wandering around . That’s what made guys that could handle the puck much better then the rest ( Hextall , Uncle Daddy , Smith ( calgarys smith) Barasso and there’s a bunch more ) . You go after hin you better skate around with eyes in the back of ur head !!

      • Fotiu is God says:

        … It’s called Old Time Hockey, Hat.

        When the game burned white hot with passion. And rivalries meant something.

        Not your Bettman/PC/over-managed/analytics abstraction.

        Never prouder of that Blueshirt than the night in Uniondale when young netminder Dan Cloutier challenged the entire Islander bench to come get some.

        F**k yea!

        Give me McIlrath… or give me death.

        LGR!

    • Mintgecko says:

      I played hockey first as a little wee one but at the 1980 Olympic rink some Native guy who’se kids team was facing mine told my old man to get me into Lax. One of the best experience’s was crushing a goalie at mid field and seeing the othet team have mini panic attacks about it. That and sacking a QB is a true fulfillment of dropping someone in a contact sport.

      Goalies being fair game in hockey wouldn’t work unless everyone is going to be up to see 1970 style brawls. This game is built through a chapter of having a unwritten code of honor in place to keep things balanced. Behind the net will be a death trap and people will abuse how far out a goalie was from his crease to make them fair game to hit. I don’t think it would work or be very fair to do that to goalies. Just say you hate Hank and that you want to see him get hit.

  8. Andy says:

    I stumbled upon your website a few years ago and I am really glad I did. You folks find very interesting subject matter, great analytics and you help me think about things in ways I may not have. Here’s hoping to many more years of BSB and thank you for providing a forum when we can all rant and rave a little about our favorite team in all of sports.

  9. joen7 says:

    I just found this forum this year love it! Thanks

  10. Egelstein says:

    Off-topic, but since this is the post-du-jour so far: Kovalchuk has denied rumors of any deal with the Rangers in place/agreed upon. Which may or may not mean anything at all…but, just to note. TSN has an article up but my computer is giving me some sort of security alert trying to access it, however, I saw the quotes on Complete Hockey News on Facebook. In summary, he took some shots at the Russian press that reported it, and then said “before July 1st there is a lot of time”.

    • tanto says:

      I read that he has 3 kids, one that plays hockey, one is a gymnast and the third plays football (I think he means soccer) — this will factor, along with where he’s wanted/where he fits, into his decision as well.

      I prefer that we don’t sign him — not that I doubt he could help us win some games. I would be more interested in bringing back Grabner and/or Nash, two guys that will set an excellent example for the kids about what it takes to be a true professional. I’m not 100% sold on Kovalchuk’s character — I could certainly be wrong though.

      • Walt says:

        Tanto

        Not Nash, he just came back from yet another concussion. Why sign a guy who will concuss easily, this may be his fourth, or fifth that I can remember!!!!

        • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

          ^^^^ this ^^^^ … we already have staal ,cant afford another handicap player.

        • tanto says:

          Walt, do we think we’re winning the SC next year where the possibility of injury for a player like Nash might make the difference? If Nash is willing to do a short term deal at a reasonable cap hit I think his set of character traits work well for an impressionable young team — but my original comment was more about not signing Kovi than about signing Nash.

    • Mintgecko says:

      I’m assuming that you’re in the group that said no for Kovie, we don’t want/need him, price to get him doesn’t work, he’s old etc camp. Otherwise you wouldn’t be trying to quote TSN or overlooking at why JG had to denied the rumors and now himbecause of legal matters. I bet the media over there did piss him off about it because they caught wind that he was going to abandon them. Legally that would strap him so of course ge would get pissed off. If I’m going by your previous comments than I think you just want it to not be true so you are trying to spin it around that maybe there’s still a chance that he won’t become a NYR.

      All I could tell you is to wait you’ll soon be privy to what’s going on with him and the NYR even though it’s pretty obvious since October.

      • Ray says:

        Excellent demonstration of your previous point that Egelstein’s opinions don’t matter because you can actually assume what his positions are without the inconvenience of reading them. Worse yet, his comments stated in a previous thread were clearly wrong as they did not match the opinions you know he holds.

      • Egelstein says:

        Recap – My official stance on Kovy was, heavily summarized as follows: “Meh, I don’t mind it so long as term and cost aren’t crazy.”

        As Ray points out, Mint, you then went on a tirade about me using the phrase “…I don’t mind..” despite the fact that I don’t own or generally manage the New York Rangers, because apparently that phrase is some sort of trigger for you, and apparently you do own and/or generally manage the New York Rangers. Based on that comment alone, that seems to be your baseline standard for having a right to comment on the Rangers in such brash terms as “…I don’t mind…”.

        In a subsequent opinion post of yours, I then copied your exact words and simply replaced the “…I don’t mind…” bit with semantics of your own use in response; whether or not something would “be more wise”, if I recall correctly, for JG to do.

        Apparently none of that has actually registered with you. I had no intent of taking it any further than my retort to your opinion in which I (in my opinion, and apparently that of several others) soundly proved how ridiculous your original tirade at me was, by simply turning the tables.

        Now, we all have our moments, Mint. In fact, there have been numerous times Ray and I did not see eye to eye, and I admit now (even if I may not have done so, then) that, yes, I was out of line at times with how I communicated with/to Ray. Eddie is another person who I may have been inappropriate with/to. Leather probably, as well. I regret my approach. We can all disagree about whether the sky is blue and the grass is green, to our hearts’ contentment, but I realized not too long ago that perhaps I have been taking my hockey blog comments section responses a weeeeeee bit too seriously.

        So, I reviewed my verbal behavior on this board, and I concluded that I had, indeed, been a bit of a prick at times, and I have worked to correct such behavior since then. I sincerely hope that it shows, because I have truly tried to reel my shit in accordingly.

        We are all passionate about this team. We all love the provocative angles of insight that the writers here offer, which will not be found in the beat-writing/paid-for NYR press. Intelligent, to boot! At the same time, this is a space that should be enjoyed by all, and for a minute there, I had not taken proper inventory of the fact that I may have been a contributor to the non-enjoyment factor with my brash opinions, name-calling, scorching-hot takes, etc.

        I suggest you take inventory of your own comments, Mint. This is not going to be an enjoyable space for you, either, if you keep it up like this. Same side, bruh. We love the Rangers, and we have the right to disagree with each other! But, still…same side, bruh.

        Also, Mint, to note…I am probably the second-biggest proponent for Kevin Hayes on this site, after you of course, haha. So, hey – we have at least SOME common ground, there. *extends olive branch*

        • Ray says:

          JFTR, I only remember you crossing the line once with me. Which isn’t bad at all. It isn’t fun if you have to tiptoe around people, but course one doesn’t want to be intentionally mean. I actually respect your reasoning process, so I’ll cut you a lot of slack. Unfortunately, you were a bit short recently with the other Ray.

  11. Ray says:

    This post struck me as such typical behavior. The best among us seem genuinely appreciative that the rest of us put up with them. I don’t always agree with you, but I greatly enjoy your well thought out arguments and what seems like your excellent character. You make this a better world.

    P.S. I too miss The Suit. While most of those who compose posts here are just rabid fans, you and he have always brought unique perspectives to the site (as does Josh in a different way).

  12. SalMerc says:

    Our next real set of arguments will really have to wait until the ping pong balls are dropped. We can pick 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 8th. Hoping for top 3, which will really get the juices going.

    The Ranger 2018/19 season hinges on a good draft and smart UFA signings. We here at BSB can debate all the details, but it really comes down to making smart choices for next year and the years to come.

    Like it or not, AV is gone and his replacement is a mystery. The next coach will have 2+ years to prove his worth. The older players on this team may only have until the trade deadline to prove they should stay.

    Buckle up, it will be fun!

    • tanto says:

      We could be bumped out of 8th as well by a team that leap frogs us, the worst case scenario.

    • Mintgecko says:

      2018-19 hinges on more than that and that’s because of JG hand. In one summer he could
      1. Sign JT
      2. Sign Kovie
      3. Still move up and get a potential franchise or elite name
      4 Or package some picks with maybe Skjei for a top 4 name and from there still have a a couple of 1st rounders due to flipping Spooner/Names/Zucc and Vesey

      You underestimate the power and transformation that JG has this summer. We could make a super team by adding top line and top pair names to a core of Hayes, Zib, Andersson, Buch, Shatty, Fast and Chytil. The farm team could get restocked with top quality all in 1 summer. Kreider is that player who will get traded up either now or in the near future.

  13. avsucks says:

    I apreciate the people who put this site together. Long time lurker i post now and then. Not all that savvy with all the ins and out of the game.Just love my team and enjoy reading the comments section.the place and the people rock.
    LGR

  14. Dunc says:

    Don’t contribute in the comments often, but I always read and appreciate.

    Thanks so much for all you do.

    Also, predict that AV gets the Stars job and their defense drops back down to bottom of the league. AV reacts by benching youngsters, blaming the goalie, and begging Jim Nill to trade for Marc Staal and Nick Holden.

  15. Emile the Cat says:

    This is a fun blog where the commenters make some interesting, if not, controversial comments lol. What I like best is that it is not an “instant messaging” blog where posters talk back and forth like its their clique-ish personal forum. But best of all it’s very informational and I’ve learned a lot about, not only the Rangers, but hockey in general. Keep up the great work!

  16. Resident Genius says:

    The staff are awesome and very ingaging the fans not so much.

  17. Peter says:

    Justin, Dave and all the rest:

    Thank you for all of your efforts on this site. It is enjoyable to read and to often comment here. First thing each morning when having my coffee before heading to the office or the court house I stop here to see what’s up. It is always a pleasure. You folks are terrific.

  18. Mancunian Candidate says:

    You guys here are consistently solid in your analysis, and as a group you all write very well—a rarity in the sports blog game to be sure. Without question, Blue Seat Blogs is the best Ranger site going right now. Keep up the good work!

  19. The Suit says:

    I miss you too buddy

  20. MBN says:

    No Justin. You have it backwards.

    The big “Thank You” is directed to you. You and the staff at BSB are what makes fandom in our beloved Rangers even more exciting. You guys put it all out, ll the time, through the good times and the rough times (like these days….:(

    I also fell into the group that thought this was a good-bye post, and am overjoyed that it wasn’t.