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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):

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Facebook:

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.

Update on commenting guidelines

Hey there BSB faithful, the staff here just wanted to take a minute to bring you guys and gals up to speed on the commenting guidelines for the site.  We will be dedicating a spot shortly as a reference to these policies, but for right now, we wanted to run a post so everyone is on the same page.

We value everyone’s comments and contributions to the BSB community and want to make sure everyone’s comments are added to the posts.  We don’t moderate comments as you post them, but do reserve the right to edit or remove offensive, inflammatory or derogatory remarks.  There is also an automatic filter that catches comments containing the f-bomb.

In recent weeks, we have had several commenters’ posts caught in the filter due to the inclusion of hyperlinks.  Our software has a built in filter for spamming sites and the like to keep virus-ridden hyperlinks out of the comments section.  Unfortunately, this is not a feature we can turn off and this is not the type of content the filter has caught recently.  We enjoy and encourage you folks to send us links to informative sites, which either shed light on an issue that is being discussed, disputes erroneous information, or just simply educates our readership on this great game of ours’. To avoid having your link caught in the filter, send us a quick email letting us know you are posting a link so we can manually approve the comment or just email the link and we will post it for you (with a stick tap for your contribution, obviously).

We are always looking for ways to improve the blog experience for you, our valued readers, and we don’t want to see your comments caught in the filter when they are adding quality substance to our discussions.  Please feel free to email us with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Thanks again for reading,

The BSB Staff

Live Chat Reminder

Just a reminder that Justin will be hosting a live chat today at noon.  Come with questions, he will have the answers.

One Hundred Thousand; One Million

This post is non-hockey related. This post is about a few milestones we accomplished last month and today in terms of hits on this website.

A note about page views vs. hits: page views are counted each time a person clicks a post, tag, category, or any page we have linked here. For example, if you were to come to the site (1), click a post to comment (2), finish posting the comment (3), then click the salary cap page (4), then go back to the home page (5), then the stats would show five page views.

We emphasize website hits, where only the initial visit is counted. We do this because it shows how many different people come to the site on a daily basis.

Where am I going with all this?

Well, in December, we crossed the 100,000 hits (not page views) mark for the month. It is the first time we here at BSB hit 100,000 hits in a month.

By the time this post is published, the blog will also have crossed the 1,000,000 hits mark (again, not page views, hits). We did this in about three years.

The hits are a testament to all of you who continually read our ramblings, follow us on Twitter, and tell your friends. You have all been tremendous supporters of the blog, and from all of us here at BSB, we thank you for the past, present and future support.

Big thanks to Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues, who helped get the word out about this little sliver of internet space three years ago. A good majority of our original readers came from Mike’s links from RAB. So thank you, Mike.

Ice Hockey In Harlem Auction

Ice Hockey in Harlem, a non-profit organization that teaches hockey to young kids in Harlem, sent us this email about their annual Rangers-sponsored auction. Definitely worth checking out

Save The Date

February 3, 2012
Planet Hollywood Times Square
6:30pm-9:30pm
Ice Hockey in Harlem is a nonprofit organization focused on the social and
academic well being of children from the Harlem community. Through
participation in ice hockey, students from the ages of 4 to 16 learn the
fundamentals of the game while gaining a greater understanding of team sports
and the importance of an active lifestyle. Ice Hockey In Harlem provides
inspiration, encouragement and guidance to children that allows for
better life experiences, educational improvements and career opportunities.

IHIH’s Winter Sports Auction brings together friends, members of the New
York Rangers and Rangers alumni for an evening of fun and auction shopping in
support of our kids. Since 1987, Ice Hockey In Harlem has enriched the lives
of thousands of boys and girls from the Harlem community. It is anticipated that
we will serve 200+ boys and girls from Harlem in the coming year. The auction
raises much needed funding for our programs so that we can ensure every
student has a meaningful experience.


For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact: johns@icehockeyinharlem.org