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Rangers Drop Final Preseason Match to Devils

The Rangers squared off against the Devils for their final preseason game before the 2014-15 season. Unfortunately, this was a 3-0 loss. Even more unfortunately, Dave had a wedding so I had to watch this game.

Before you read the important game notes I jotted down during the loss, keep in mind that there are still some roster spots to fill, so Alain Vigneault put out the following team (c/o Andrew Gross):

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The Five Stages of Fantasy Drafting

Stage Four

Stage Four

It’s that time of the year again. Preseason hockey officially kicks off today with Carolina facing Columbus this afternoon at 1:30pm. The Garden has a fresh sheet of ice down, ready to see the Rangers skate their first preseason game tomorrow night. Less than three weeks stand between us and the regular season. We’re already getting injury reports. Life is good for the hockey fan.

Late September also blooms into a time when, if you’re very rabid, you find nothing wrong with planning social events around your several fantasy drafts. Each of these is special in their own ways: admit it, the head to head with your co-workers is important cause of 40 hours a week bragging rights, but your keeper league that Jim has won three years in a row needs a new king in town, right? So you strategize. You agonize. You figure out your way to win and you go for it.

Lucky for you, faithful reader, I have been watching a disgusting amount of Grey’s Anatomy lately and I feel confident in diagnosing the Five Stages of Fantasy Drafting. Read more »

New Rules for the 2014-15 Season

Study up, boys!

Study up, boys!

With only 23 days til the open of hockey(!!!!), the officials with the National Hockey League have, as is often done, made provisions to the rulebook. This is done to keep up with the ever-changing sport, to give referees a reason to have pop quizzes, and to confuse (and sometimes upset) the common fan. But fear not, faithful BSB reader! I have done some research for you and I’ll zero in on what you need to know.

There were only ten changes made, some having to do with penalties, some having to do with ice space, and a couple about overtime. A spark notes version of the changes is as follows: Read more »

Playoffs 2015: Who will Miss?

New Post, Old Picture

New Post, Old Picture

Last Sunday, we looked at playoff teams from last year which should be playing late April hockey again in 2015. Sixteen teams make it, and though none of us have a crystal ball (and if you do, remember, sharing is caring), based on offseason moves and prospect development, we could all have a good sense of teams that will be good and teams that won’t. Speaking of teams that won’t, we all know that just being in the playoffs one year does not guarantee success in years to come.

Let’s take a look again at the playoff teams of 2014:

 

Thanks again CBS Sports

It’s a fairly safe bet to say that not each and every team on the above bracket will be there next year. Frankly, let’s hope not; it would make for a pretty boring year. Let’s take a look at some teams which may be facing locker room breakup day when the season ends next spring.

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Playoff Predictions 2015: Who will be back?

Is it hockey season yet?

Is it hockey season yet?

Throughout the course of a season, a team will play 82 games in the hopes of playing just four more rounds for the chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. These 82 games are no walk in the park. They consist of grueling hits, tough goals and workouts that most of us would pass out or throw up halfway through. These athletes do it because they want to know the glory of being the very best, having their names etched in glory forever on the greatest trophy in all sports.

Of the 30 teams in the NHL, 16 make it to the first round of the playoffs. For certain teams, making the playoffs is a distant dream. For others, missing them is beyond unacceptable. Below is the breakout of the first round from April 2014:

 

s/t CBS Sports

s/t CBS Sports

So which of these teams will most likely make it again?

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Missing Captains around the League

The Rangers aren't the only team who need a C

The Rangers aren’t the only team who need a C

As discussed last week, there is much speculation to who will follow in Ryan Callahan’s nearly three season footsteps and lead the Blueshirts as their fearless captain this year. The Rangers aren’t the only team to be facing this kind of indecision. Though Tampa was able to name a captain immediately after trading Martin St. Louis, several teams who have lost their captains to free agency or trades during the offseason are currently suffering a hole in their leadership groups.

Of the 30 teams contending in the NHL, seven have no current captain, and 11 have at least one missing alternate captain. Of these teams, some have lost their captains to trades or free agency, however at least one has stripped their leaders of their letters. Let’s take a look at the six clubs besides the Rangers who are missing captains leading up to training camp.

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The Great Debate: Who is the next Rangers Captain?

THE Captain

THE Captain

Loads of armchair GM’s have had one thought on the backburner of their mind since Ryan Callahan was traded last March: who will be the next captain? Instead of instantly naming a new captain, a move which the Lightning made immediately upon the captain-for-captain swap of Callahan for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers simply promoted Dan Girardi to full time alternate. Joining Marc Staal and Brad Richards proudly wearing the ‘A’ on their sweaters was a promotion of sorts for Girardi, who signed an extension during the regular season.

Around now is when I would cite some reliable sources about the most recent news as to who will be leading our beloved Blueshirts through seasons to come, but quite frankly I would rather irresponsibly yap about my opinion and play a few rounds of Devil’s Advocate. We know that Richards can’t be the captain, leaving us with two logical guesses in Staal and Girardi. Many are convinced that Ryan McDonagh is a lock for the role. How about veteran and former captain St. Louis? Or another former captain in Rick Nash? The possibilities are endless.

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BSB gets an Instagram!

Since social media is a delightful and offensively large part of our lives, I’ve convinced the guys to go to the dark side and join Instagram. The first post is Dave making a dope of himself by donating and accepting his nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Look out for some fun hockey stuff on there.

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Thoughts on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Unless you’ve been hiding beneath a social media-free rock over the past few weeks, you’ve seen videos of people – regular Joes and celebrities alike – dousing themselves in ice cold water. Heck, you might have even taken part in these actions. So is there some sort of heat wave causing this outbreak of sudden ice showers lately? Nope: it’s just people being charitable, raising funds and spreading awareness for a disease that has taken too many peoples’ lives.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, affectionately hashtagged as #ALSIceBucketChallenge, is an event where the participant either douses themselves with a bucket of ice water or donates $100 to the ALS Association in hopes of finding a cure (or both….preferably both). The participant then nominates three friends to partake in the challenge. While this all seems fun, several people are questioning the point, and it’s really quite simple.

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Buchnevich cracks ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects

Pavel Buchnevich (3rd, 2013) was the lone Ranger to crack Corey Pronman’s Top 100 Prospects list for ESPN (Insiders Only) at #25. Buchnevich didn’t have sexy numbers with the KHL this season, but he had the third-best under-19 season in KHL history. He’s an elite talent that held his own in a league that is very difficult to crack as a teenager.

Anthony Duclair (3rd, 2013) was listed as “just missed.” Notably absent is J.T. Miller, but Pronman noted on Twitter that Miller didn’t qualify as a prospect, as he didn’t meet the requirements set.