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Jul
24

Thoughts during the dog days

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Raanta

Raanta

Happy Friday, BSB faithful. I hope your summer is treating you well. Personally, I’m happy that summer is the busiest time for me at work, because those dog days between the start of free agency and the beginning of training camp are just brutal from a sports perspective. All the interesting moves have mostly been completed and we count down the days until hockey returns. One cannot live on baseball alone. Here are some thoughts as we slog through the summer…. Read More→

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Happy Friday, BSB community!  You’ve read the entries, made your choice known, so now it is time to announce the winners of our 2015 Off-Season Plan Contest.  I just wanted to once again take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated.  If you guys and gals have any ideas or suggestions about this contest or any other reader engagement activities, make sure to drop us a line on the side bar.  Without further delay, your winners…

In third place, last year’s champion, Tommy Tabasco! 

In second place, Matt Hamilton!

And your Winner, with a staggering 50% of the final vote: Hatrick Swayze!

Congratulations on a tremendous and very funny piece of work, Hatrick!  Look forward to a guest post from Mr. Swayze in the near future.  Feel free to use this thread to congratulate our finalists, offer up suggestions for Hatrick’s guest post, continue to discuss Chris’ piece from yesterday or any other Ranger related topics.

Although we are starting to hit the dog days of the off-season, keep it locked right here as Derek Stepan’s contract situation heats up and final roster machinations start to come into focus.  Remember, only 66 more days until hockey is back!

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Jul
10

BSB Off-Season Plan Contest Finalist #3

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Happy Friday, BSB’ers!  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for…the unveiling of the Off-Season Plan Contest Finalists.  I am going to run all three final submissions throughout the day, today.  Once they have had a chance to be read, dissected and discussed, our tech-savvy, fearless leader will place a poll on the sidebar for you to vote for your favorite plan.  I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted a proposal.  Some very good ones were left on the cutting room floor.  If you missed the first two submissions today, they can be found here and here. Read More→

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Jul
10

BSB Off-Season Plan Contest Finalist #2

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Happy Friday, BSB’ers!  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for…the unveiling of the Off-Season Plan Contest Finalists.  I am going to run all three final submissions throughout the day, today.  Once they have had a chance to be read, dissected and discussed, our tech-savvy, fearless leader will place a poll on the sidebar for you to vote for your favorite plan.  I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted a proposal.  Some very good ones were left on the cutting room floor.  Here is our second submission of the day, if you missed number one, I can be found right here Read More→

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Jul
10

BSB Off-Season Plan Finalist #1

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Happy Friday, BSB’ers!  Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for…the unveiling of the Off-Season Plan Contest Finalists.  I am going to run all three final submissions throughout the day, today.  Once they have had a chance to be read, dissected and discussed, our tech-savvy, fearless leader will place a poll on the sidebar for you to vote for your favorite plan.  I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted a proposal.  Some very good ones were left on the cutting room floor.  That’s enough from me, here is your first finalist….

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Jul
03

Thoughts following the Draft/Free Agency

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jeff-gorton

New sheriff in town…

Happy 4th of July weekend, BSB community! Before we get started, just a quick housekeeping issue: we have our off-season plan contest finalists down to our final three. The finalists have submitted tremendously creative and interesting proposals. The plan is to start unveiling those next week for community voting, however, I didn’t want to bury them at the beginning of a holiday weekend, so you’re stuck with my thoughts.

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www.icesthetics.com

www.icesthetics.com

I find the NHL Draft to be such an interesting concept. Not only do front offices have to be ready to deal with reacting to their punch list of player rankings and how to best utilize those picks, they also must engage in rapid-fire trade discussions and last minute pick movement. Fascinating. The Rangers are in an unusual position (for them, at least) at the Draft this season, having no high picks and several valuable assets. There are numerous ways the next two days can play out, so naturally, I have some thoughts.

 

  • Might as well start with Cam Talbot. Over the last few weeks, we have gotten a little better idea about where his market stands in the context of a potential bidding war between Buffalo, San Jose, Edmonton and potentially teams like Dallas or Florida. The claim is that Sather turned down two second round picks. I trust the big guy’s trading prowess, and that’s a solid return to turn your nose up at in a very deep draft.

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Who ya gonna call?

Who ya gonna call?

With the Draft approaching and everyone’s attention turning to off-season business, Ranger fans have fixated on a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger (here and here) regarding significant interest around the league in Cam Talbot. He is apparently the top choice for a number of teams for their goaltending vacancies; Edmonton, San Jose, Calgary, Florida, Buffalo and Dallas, have all been named as potential suitors.

This is great news for the Rangers. A short time ago, we were talking about a second round pick representing solid value for the one-time undrafted free agent. Now, there is chatter about Talbot’s value being as high as a mid-first round pick. That would be quite the coup. This development has created an interesting debate in real versus perceived value. Read More→

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Jun
12

Thoughts following the 2014-2015 season

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Happy times.

When the Rangers’ season ended almost two weeks ago, my plan was to sit down and write a “thoughts” post to give some closure to the season. It ended up taking a little more time than I expected to put the year in perspective, but I’m going to give it a go this morning. Here are my final thoughts on the 2014-2015 New York Rangers.

  • I suppose I’ll kind of give this a go in semi-chronological order, so let’s start with the off-season. I agree with Kevin, that this past summer was not Glen Sather’s finest hour. To an extent he used the “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” model. He had to cover the losses of key contributors in Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle and Benoit Pouliot, so bringing in depth was important when little cap space existed.

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Jun
03

2015 BSB off-season plan contest

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One of the silver linings to the Rangers’ season ending in slightly premature fashion is that we have opportunity to bring back the BSB Off-Season Plan Contest. We first launched this little exercise in the summer of 2013 and it was a tremendous success. Since there are so many moving parts up in the air this summer, there should be ample opportunity for creative maneuverings.

The rules are fairly simple. You, the wonderful BSB community, will submit an off-season proposal to the writing staff. You will have all of the existing cap space and assets of the organization at your disposal to sign players, make trades, call up young players and re-sign/extend current players. Your plan should be a comprehensive outline detailing your goals and plan of attack for the roster, taking us from draft day to the start of training camp. Read More→

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