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BSB Turns Three…Well, This Past Weekend…We Are Late With This

On December 3, 2008, the URL was purchased, and this blog began. In three short years, we have grown from just myself writing to about 100 hits a day, to a team of great writers that has the opportunity to have their posts read by over 3,000 people per day. The blog runs like clockwork, and I have to thank Chris and Suit for being there to help me out with the upkeep.

It’s funny, because we are so busy with our jobs, personal lives, and social lives that all of us forgot that on Saturday was the third “birthday” of this blog. In the past year, we’ve signed on with YardBarker, which has been tremendous in getting our stuff syndicated with, and We signed up for syndication with Before It’s News, which has been great in getting our stuff out to Google and the other search engines. Since signing on with BIN, our traffic from search engines has more than quadrupled.

Our traffic increased by 100% from this time last year to now, which speaks volumes of all of you. Not only do you all keep coming back to read the ramblings of the three of us, but you tell your friends to read, and for that we are forever thankful. You guys are the best readers, and it’s great to see some of the comments evolve from “WTF?!?!” to “Wow, that’s a great point.” Some of our posts are ideas that we get from some conversations had in the comments or on Twitter, and for that, we say thank you. Thank you for reading our stuff, and then for spreading it around the interwebs, specifically the hockey systems posts.

Our goal here has always been to have fun with the blog, but we also aim to educate on hockey systems, the business of the game, and remaining level-headed. In my (not-so) humble opinion, I think that we here have the best writers for just that. I know that Chris and Suit are incredibly knowledgeable, and really know both the game and the subtleties of the behind the scenes action. Very rarely do our emotions get the best of us, even if we are fans and have grown to like specific players (my Prucha jersey still gets worn to games).

So here’s to another three years, and then some more. Thank you all for supporting us.

BSB Sunday Guest Posts

We here at BSB love our followers, regulars, and those that contribute to make this blog what it is today. We grew from nothing into a respected blog with some of the best followers out there. As a way to give back to you guys for the unwavering support, we wanted to offer up the ability to write guest posts over the weekends. It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who has made this blog what it is.

So, if you are interested in participating in guest posts, let us know here. Post a comment saying you’re interested, and use your real email address when posting. You don’t need to post the email address, we can pull it from the admin page.

Again, thank you all for being a part of this blog. Without you all, this is just a boring website.

New Poll: Is Torts Still The Right Man For The Job?


We learned over the weekend that we were having a problem with our polling feature and as a result many of you were unable to cast your votes. We apologize for the error and we have since updated our software. We would like to re-invite everyone to vote again (the original results were deleted).

Also, this new polling  software we’re using allows everyone to share the poll on their own Twitter pages, Facebook profiles, etc. So please feel free share this poll with whomever you’d like. All you have to do is click the “share poll” link and select the site you’d like to post this on.


We’ve moved this poll to the right sidebar.

Poll: Continue Sin Bin?

This offseason, we attempted something new, which we dubbed as The Sin Bin.  The premise behind it was to award great comments with a weekend guest post, and to have a little fun at the comments that were a bit off, so to speak.  With the season coming up in a week, we were having an internal discussion about whether to continue the feature.  In the end, we decided it’s best that you guys decide if you want it to continue.

So…what do you guys think?  Should we continue?  Vote below, and let us know.

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Twitter Giveaway Round 2

I think it’s time to do another Twitter giveaway.  This time, let’s do it for an 8×10 autographed picture of Jed Ortmeyer.  This picture comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Ortmeyer, the former Michigan Wolverines captain, played four seasons with the Rangers organization, putting together a line of 9-15-24 in 177 games. Ortmeyer played the game 110% every shift, and was one of those blue collar guys that fans loved.

So, to enter, you need to get yourself on Twitter, give me (@BlueSeatBlogs) a follow, and then tweet the following phrase:

“RT & follow @BlueSeatBlogs for a chance to win an autographed Jed Ortmeyer 8×10 pic. Check for more info”

Remember, you MUST tweet that message AND follow me to be entered.

The Metrics We Use

In an effort to gain more of an understanding of a player’s value to his team, specifically players we can’t watch daily, we are making more of an effort to use metrics in our analyses.  It’s not to say we are shunning goals, assists, powerplay points, and stats of that ilk; but we will generally try to stay away from stats that are more team based, like plus/minus.  It’s simply because there are now better options to use.

All but two of the metrics listed here were created by Behind The Net.  The other two metrics (WAT, PVT) are based off of metrics they have created.

Goals Versus Threshold (GVT): GVT was the first of the metrics to gain popularity.  To first define the “threshold”, it simply means “replacement player”.  The “replacement player” here is the top AHL/minor leaguer (note: NOT the top prospect, per se), or the best available free agent in the middle of the season.  Glen Miller of SNY Rangers Blog put this into Ranger terms and noted that a replacement player is someone like Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, or Andre Deveaux.  Simply put, GVT is the number of goals a player is worth in relation to a replacement player over the course of a season.

In the 2010-2011 season, Marian Gaborik finished with a GVT of 10.2, which means his presence on the Rangers meant a little more than 10 additional goals that season.  Comparatively, Henrik Lundqvist finished with a GVT of 29.6, which means that his presence on the Rangers saved them a little less than 30 goals throughout the season.

GVT is a combination of a player’s offensive, defensive, and shootout contributions for skaters, and the goaltending and shootout contributions for the goalies.  The formula is very complex, and I did not come up with it, so I cannot comment on it.  But, the formula does a fair job at weighing these attributes, and adjusting them for position.  For example, a defenseman’s defensive contributions will count more than his offensive contributions.  Ice time and quality of ice time is also measured in this formula.

Points Versus Threshold (PVT): PVT is a metric that I created after reading Miller’s post on WAT (explained after the jump).  Simply put, I felt that points were an easier way to judge a player’s worth in the standings than wins, as points earned in the shootout play a large role in hockey.  Using Tom Awad’s note that 6 goals (GVT) = 1 win (WAT), and 3 goals (GVT) = 1 point (PVT), I simply took the GVT and divided by 3 to come up with PVT.

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Scheduling Note

Just a note about the posts for the tournament:  For each game, we will be posting a game thread.  Feel free to discuss the games and what you see there.  However, both Suit and Jugs (Chris) are out of pocket for the weekend and into Tuesday, so that leaves me with the duty of writing reviews of the games.  I will be watching the games, but I will be DVRing them, as I have prior commitments for tonight, and I have work on Monday/Tuesday.  We will still be posting reviews of the games, but they will be delayed.

Poll: New Prospect Watch

It’s getting close to that time of year again, and with Evgeny Grachev gone, we need someone to replace him in the Prospect Watch (sidebar, on the right).  It’s tough to pick just one prospect for this, so let’s go with two prospects.  Naturally, if anyone in this poll makes the Rangers, he will be replaced by the next highest vote getter.  YOu are allowed to vote for two of the following players in this poll:

Vote below, and we will add this feature when the season starts.

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New Site Feature: The Sin Bin

In an effort to get our readers more involved in our site, while still having a little bit of fun, we’ve decided to create a new page called The Sin Bin. The Sin Bin will be a page that will feature a series of polls where we can all vote on the best and worst user comments of the week.

Since Word Press unfortunately doesn’t feature any sort of comment ranking system, we thought this would be a fun way to settle the MANY disagreements in the comments sections of our posts.

You think you’re a clever commenter? Well let’s see what our readers think. You think because you write for this blog you know everything? The Sin Bin may prove otherwise.

Ya catching my drift?

Each week Dave, Chris, and I will nominate several clever comments and have everyone vote on which is the best. If we continually see the same user getting votes, then that user will have a chance to write a guest post for this site.

If we continually see the same user getting votes for the worst commenter, than he/she will be subject to public ridicule.

*Please note, that this is not something that should be taken too seriously, as we will be nominating ourselves for the first go round.

Come vote!

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