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On this episode Pat, Becky, and Dave discuss whether or not the Rangers have actually improved of late and the continued need for a true top-nine center. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes. Feel free to leave us a comment, a review, or @ us on Twitter too!

 

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Nov
04

So what now?

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The dust has settled a little bit on this past week, which started with a lot of smoke and rumors about AV potentially being fired, the Rangers making a big trade, or both. None of this has transpired – in fact the Rangers put together an exciting comeback against the red hot Vegas Golden Knights and managed to stymie the NHL’s most dynamic scoring duo, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, while pulling off an OT win in Tampa Bay. They go for their third straight win against the Florida Panthers tonight in South Florida, which if they manage it will have the team looking not so bad at all. So this raises the question – what now?

Well let’s start with the win against Vegas. Sure the Rangers managed to put their foot on the gas pedal towards the end of the game, scoring some nice goals to change what seemed like a foregone conclusion of a loss. This win in particular was significant, as Larry Brooks’ column about AV being on the hot seat had just come out the day before. The conventional wisdom was that if the Rangers lost against Vegas, AV would be fired. So much for that.

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and on this episode Pat, Becky, and Dave break down all of the drama surrounding AV’s potential departure, Glen Sather and co’s trip to Ottawa for the Senators/Canadiens game, and potential trade scenarios as this team enters what could be a transitional phase. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes.

 

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Oct
28

Some Saturday Morning Thoughts

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It’s Saturday morning folks, and the Rangers are almost done with their 10 home games in October. This weekend we have the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights at home on Halloween, and then we return to a semi-normal schedule of mixed home and away games. Given what a long strange trip it’s been, I figured some Saturday morning quick hits were in order to kind of sum up what’s been going on both of late and over these past ten games or so.

  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t respond to the notion that the Rangers’ hot hand is currently Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec has been just fine, and what we’ve seen from him so far is likely what we’ll be getting from him throughout the season, but let’s not overstate things. He played an ok game against an awful team – it wasn’t even a shutout! If AV is serious about reducing Hank’s workload then fine, but if he’s playing Pavelec because he gives them the best chance to win, well, he doesn’t.

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Oct
26

Blue Seat Blogs-cast – What’s Ailing the Rangers

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On this week’s podcast Pat, Becky, and Dave discuss what’s ailing the Rangers from the bottom up – on-ice play, coaching, and management. We also discuss recent comments by Bob McKenzie on the state of the team, and the possibility of trading for the Vegas Golden Knights Center Vadim Shipachyov. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes.

 

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Oct
19

Blue Seat Blogs-cast – Deployment, Personnel Decisions, and Playoff Chances (Seriously)

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On this week’s Blue Seat Blogs-cast Pat, Becky, and Dave discuss the Rangers’ deployment issues, the ever-changing lineup, and yes, even their playoff chances. As always you can find us right here, on iTunes, and on SoundCloud. Feel free to leave us a review or a comment too!

 

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Oct
14

So what’s up with these Rangers?

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We’re now five games deep into the 2017-2018 regular season and the Rangers seem to be having issues winning hockey games. Now, of course this is the smallest of sample sizes, and not to put on my fortune teller hat but I guarantee you they’ll win more than one game this season, but it’s fair to say that there might be some issues with the team. Now you might recall just a week ago I was urging calm after the Rangers dropped their home opener, so how on Earth can I hold these two thoughts in my head at once? Well, in short, I think there’s a distinction to be made between the on-ice play of the team and the structural deficiencies this team displays (although obviously there’s a link – we’ll get to that later).

I still think, as I said last week after the home opener, that there’s not a lot we can tell about how this team will play based on how they’ve played so far. The sample size is just too small – Mika Zibanejad for instance is going to go cold at some point, Hank will have a bad game here and there, and guys who aren’t really making a huge impact right now are going to break out. Over the course of an 82 game season there are going to be ebbs and flows on pretty much every level, and we simply can’t read the tides based on five games’ play.

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Oct
10

Blue Seat Blogs-cast – Keep Calm, Coaching Decisions, and Adam Cracknell

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In this episode of the podcast, Pat, Becky, and Dave urge everyone to keep calm while unpacking legitimate causes for concern from the first three games of the season, as well as discussing the recent waiver acquisition of Adam Cracknell. Plus we reminisce about the glorious days of October, 2013.

 

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Oct
07

Don’t fret about the first game

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Friends, it’s finally that time of year again. Regular season hockey is upon us, and boy does it feel good. Except depending on your persuasion, you may not agree with that because the Rangers did in fact drop their home opener against one of the worst teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche. What I’m here to tell you is this: worry not, because it’s only one game, and even if that still does matter to you, there’s no reason to worry. Allow me to explain.

First, it’s important for me to say up front that I don’t believe you can really tell much about a team after the first game, and maybe even the first 5-10. It’s an 82 game season plus playoffs; there’s plenty more hockey to be played just as a matter of numbers. Going beyond that, guys are rusty, many members of the team have never played with one another before, and even though we did get to see some guys display their skills in the preseason, it takes some time to click. You might say that the New York Rangers are professionals and these things shouldn’t be issues for them but let’s be honest, they’re human. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and truly exciting hockey certainly won’t be either.

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Oct
04

Blue Seat Blogs-cast – Season Opener, Roster Questions, Let’s Go Rangers!

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Welcome back to the Blue Seat Blogs-cast! On this episode we discuss lingering roster questions and get excited for the home opener on Thursday! Plus we went with brand-spanking-new headsets for better audio!

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