Category: Administrative Stuff

Breaking News: The final BSB writer has caved, Justin is now on Twitter (@tappingtheposts)

Congratulations folks, our consistent badgering of Justin has finally paid off, he has caved and joined Twitter (@tappingtheposts). At first, Justin was hesitant to join the Twitterverse, thinking it was a complete time-suck (he’s not exactly wrong here, it’s amazing how much time we can spend on Twitter). But as his popularity grew, and as more of us continued to pester him about his non-Twitter usage, he caved.

As you can see from his follower count, Justin just created his account. He has promised to provide his insight during games with in-game tweets. His analysis is much better than any of us can provide, considering his previous experience as a a co-founder of MAC Goaltending. Justin also played Junior hockey and NJCAA DI Hockey.

Even if you aren’t sold on him from an analysis standpoint, you should be aware that he is probably the nicest of all of us (aside from Kevin, who doesn’t have a mean bone in his body). Suit and I are snarky and Chris is Welsh, so we have our excuses. Go follow Justin. He will make it worth your while.

While you’re at it, make sure you follow myself (@blueseatblogs), Chris (@nyr_jugs88), Suit (@thehockeysuit), and Kevin (@kevinbaumer) as well.

BSB Fantasy Hockey: One league made, need another commissioner

It’s time to get back at it with the BSB Fantasy Hockey League. We are doing something a little different this year. Last year, we had one commissioner (moi) and when the league filled up, we had someone else create another league. I will assume interest is that high again, so we will again be creating two leagues (at a minimum).

I have already created one league on Yahoo (my team name is #BlameTorts), and you can join the league by clicking here. The draft is already set for Monday September 30 at 9pm EST. This draft time will not change, so you will need to be cognizant of this fact. If you cannot make the draft, you join at the risk of autodrafting. This is where the second league comes in.

I need a volunteer to create a second league. Please post the league information in the comments so that others can join. If that fills up, then you guys can continue making leagues until everyone has joined in.

Good luck to everyone who participates.

Best post-lockout Ranger tournament

Offseason tournament bracket

Offseason tournament bracket

As the dog days of summer approach, it’s going to be relatively quiet around the league. To get through this, Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station came to me with a pretty solid idea: Putting together an NCAA style tournament to see who everyone thinks is the best player to put on a Rangers sweater post-lockout (2005 lockout). Matt came up with the 64 Rangers to use, and I put them in a bracket in Excel. The bracket, pictured above, is set up like an NCAA bracket, and will not be reseeded after each round. If for some reason Olli Jokinen beats out Henrik Lundqvist in the first round, then he will face the winner of the 8/9 matchup, not the top seed left in the bracket.

Each afternoon, we will post one matchup here at BSB, and ask you to vote on who the better Ranger was. Voting will be simple, each post on BSB has a thumbs up or a thumbs down icon at the end. Vote the thumbs up to vote for the higher seed (1 seed is higher than 16 seed), and the thumbs down to vote for the lower seed. Again, the thumbs up is for the higher seed, not the higher number.

We will begin tomorrow with the first matchup in the Tom Renney bracket: Jokinen vs. Lundqvist.

Hope everyone enjoys this, and thanks to Matt at Blue Line Station for coming up with the idea. Be sure to check out Blue Line Station as one of your stops for Ranger blogging.

Apologies for BSB down time

Over the past few days, we’ve had some server issues that prevented the site from loading for a lot of people. After several phone calls and tweets, it appears we are all set, and shouldn’t have this issue. I apologize for the down time.

There were some very good posts from the guys, so if you have some spare time, you should go back and read them. Great stuff. Again, sorry for the blog being down.

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Welcome to the new Blue Seat Blogs

In case you haven’t noticed –and if you haven’t, get your eyes checked– we have migrated over to a new design here at BSB. There are still a few kinks to work out here and there, but the majority of the design is complete, and we really hope you all like it.

This design has been in the works since June, and we’ve had plenty of discussions of what we were looking to do. It was important to add more functionality (drop down menus, easier flow) to the site, while not taking away from the simplicity of our previous design. In the end we all agreed that this design, put together by Elite Designs, met everything we needed.

Why did we do this, especially with an old theme that was working well for us? Well, we wanted some more functionality with the design, and we also wanted it to look a bit more professional, complete with a simple banner image.

The initial plan was to launch this when the season started…but that didn’t work out so well. Instead of holding off on launching the design, we felt it would be best if we launched now, to at least give us something positive in the midst of all this lockout stuff.

Hope you enjoy the new look.

Big changes coming

No, this isn’t another post about the CBA negotiations. This is a post about some major changes we will be going through here at BSB over the next week. We’ve had this design here for the life of the blog –almost four years now– and it’s time for an overhaul.

You may have noticed the first change yesterday. Due to an upgrade in the blogging platform, we no longer need to use block quotes for quoting folks on Twitter. We can embed the entire tweet, with links to follow, retweet, or reply right on the post. It’s a nifty little feature that we like around here.

Second, you may have noticed some of the old menu options have been disappearing here and there. We haven’t removed them, we have just started preparing the for the real overhaul you’re going to see some time next week.

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Reader Q&A/Chat reminder

We just wanted to post a reminder that tomorrow we will have a reader Q&A, so you can send us questions today on twitter, email, or at the bottom of this post. Also, Justin will be back tomorrow hosting his weekly chat at 3pm. Be sure to stop by!

Blue Seat Blogs welcomes Kevin Baumer

I teased on Twitter yesterday that we had a big surprise for today. And the big surprise is that we have made a solid and unexpected addition to our writing staff here at BSB. Kevin Baumer reached out to me and expressed interest in joining BSB, and we were very quick to say yes. To have someone of Kevin’s knowledge on the staff is a tremendous asset.

For those that are unfamiliar with Kevin, he used to write for Blueshirt Bulletin. He left BB last year and went to Hockey Prospect where he contributes regularly. He is a great writer and really fits into the mold here at BSB of “think first.”

You should all be following Kevin on Twitter, and make sure to welcome him on board. I’m sure you’re going to love his writing and insight.

Offseason plans for Blue Seat Blogs

First and foremost, we here would like to thank you for the continued support through the past three years and this season. Our traffic grew by about 400% from this point last year, and we are eternally grateful for every fan of the blog. We will continue to bring you our best writing, writing that we think is the best among all the blogs out there.

The offseason is no different. There are a lot of things to look forward to including the draft and free agency, and we will be here covering all of it.

In the coming days, we will be writing our final reviews of the players for this season. Following that, we will review the free agency status of players on the roster, review potential draft targets, and cover the draft and free agency from start to finish. There are other ideas we have up our sleeves, but you will have to keep coming back to find out what they are.

We have a big announcement coming tomorrow that will hopefully get you as excited for the future of this blog as I am. In the later months of the offseason, we will have a few surprises coming, and maybe a giveaway or two. But you will have to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and here in order to be fully informed.

In case you are reading a post like this for the first time, here’s the best way to follow us on the web:

Twitter (Justin has no Twitter, feel free to harass him):



We will have specific giveaways that we will announce via our Facebook page. Make sure to Like us there.

For our RSS readers, be sure to subscribe to our feed here.

As always, we welcome everyone here to email us with topics you want us to discuss. As the offseason progresses, we will be doing more mailbags and Twit-bags to answer any questions directed at us.