Category: Administrative Stuff

Offseason Plans

Just because the Rangers season is over doesn’t mean that we will be hanging up the pen (keyboard?) until September.  Much like last offseason, expect posts at least daily from myself and Chris, Michael will hopefully be contributing often, and we have The Suit on with us now who will be contributing at least weekly.  We will still continue the great content here, but some of the weekly posts (like the fan confidence polls) will re-start next season. Don’t stray too far away.  In the mean time, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, using the links below.

Twitter:

Dave: http://www.twitter.com/blueseatblogs
Chris: http://www.twitter.com/jugs88
The Suit: http://www.twitter.com/thehockeysuit
Michael: http://www.twitter.com/mleetch352

We are also on Facebook (link), and don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feed for continuous updates (link).

Finally, if you have any suggestions on how to improve the site, any post ideas, or any general questions, feel free to email us using the links on the sidebar.

ASMCollection: Helping Send Binghamton To Nationals

As I posted earlier this week, my school’s roller hockey team won their regional tournament, and has qualified for the national tournament in April. Eric Greenberg from Authentic Sports Memorabilia Collection contacted me today and is running a great promo to help the Bearcats get to Nationals. If you buy an item on ASMC, in the Paypal note you can add “Binghamton Roller Hockey”, and 10% of that sale will be donated to the club to help them get to Nationals. There are a lot of great items on the site, and you get a certificate of authenticity with each purchase.

If you are interested in memorabilia, I would recommend checking out ASMC. If you happen to find something you like, please make sure to include “Binghamton Roller Hockey” in the receipt so that 10% of the purchase price is donated to the Bearcats attempts to get to Nationals.

Thank you Eric for being so generous to help out a team in need. It is greatly appreciated.

Help Send Binghamton University To Nationals

As many of you know, I am an alumnus from Binghamton University (both undergrad and graduate), and I played roller hockey there for five seasons. This year, the team is back on top of ECRHA, a sub-conference of the NCRHA, by beating Pitt 3-2 in the Finals. The format of the league is simple, ECRHA is the eastern region of the national league, and winning ECRHA means an automatic qualifying bid for the Nationals. Unfortunately, the Binghamton Athletics Department does not fund the roller hockey team very well, thus almost 90% of the expenses come straight from the players pockets.

Nationals is no different, as they are being held in Wisconsin this year from April 6-10. The team is facing registration costs ($995) and travel expenses. In addition to many fund-raising events the team will hold on campus and on Long Island, they are going to be holding a raffle and silent auction. If you have any spare memorabilia, or anything you can donate to a silent auction, please let me know as soon as possible (shapirodavidm[at]gmail[dot]com). Basically, I would collect anything donated, and overnight it to the team president.

Anything you can do to help will go a long way to get these guys. Thanks in advance.

Quick Administrative Note

I spent a long time last night trying to figure out what to write for this morning’s post. I couldn’t think of anything. I only have one thing on my mind right now, and that is my vacation. I leave tomorrow, but for all intents and purposes, today may as well be another vacation day. I’m going to be out of the country until next Sunday. Much like the last few years when I’ve gone away, I have had some great help in making sure that BSB continues to run normally. Chris will be covering for me while I’m gone, which means he will be covering my posts, including the Trade Deadline open thread, as well as his own. Quite the workload. Mike Gleich will obviously continue to provide excellent recaps and afternoon posts, and Mike Axisa from River Ave Blues has said he will post any major news. I cannot thank you gents enough.

Several people volunteered to write guest posts, but I have only received two posts thus far. If you reached out to me, you have until today at 5pm to get those posts to me. I need time to schedule them throughout the week.

Guest Blogger Needed

I will be out of the country from February 25 through March 7, and we are going to need someone to help keep the content going on the blog while I’m gone. Chris and Mike will continue to do their thing here, but I am looking for someone to post once per day. There are some general rules here, as we need someone who knows how to spell and can use proper grammar, which includes no foul language on the blog. If you are interested, please email me at dave[at]blueseatblogs[dot]com (issues with spam if I link it on a post), or you can click the link on the side to email me. Both email addresses go to the same location, and I will get back to you. If you can, please include a sample of your writing as well.

I would like to give this guest blogging spot to a BSB regular, so if you want to post, make sure you email me.

BSB Turns Two!

When I started Blue Seat Blogs two years ago, I had no idea it would turn into what it is today. For the first month, we averaged maybe 50 hits per day, and the main traffic bumps came when Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues provided a link here. Mike was instrumental in getting the blog off the ground, and I can’t thank him enough for helping me out in 2008 and early 2009 when we here were just starting.

Now, two years and over 1,500 posts later, we have added three great writers here in Jeremy, Chris, and Mike Gleich. We have great pages about the salary cap, and track the current depth chart and prospect stats. We have partnered with Yard Barker, and with their help we have been linked by Fox Sports, NHL.com, and Puck Daddy. We also have added an RSS feed for those who may not be able to view at work, and a Facebook page so that you can stay up to date with the blog.

As we move into our third year, we are in the planning stages (with Rangers Tribune, Canyon of Blueshirts, and Blueshirt Banter) of adding a Blackberry/iPhone app. There is no time table for this, but it has been discussed and I am looking into the cost to do one or both. If anyone has any experience with this, please email me so we can discuss.

Thank you all for sticking with us for the past two years. It’s been a great ride, and you can expect more great things from this blog as we move into our third year.

Viewing Party with Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu, and Chris Kotsopolous

As many of you know, in addition to owning this blog and running it with Chris (jurgenno), I also contribute to Blueshirt Banter on a regular basis. This afternoon, I will be joining the rest of the Blueshirt Banter crew, as we host our very own game viewing party as the Rangers take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center.

The viewing party will take place at Poitin Still Irish Restaurant and Pub in Hackensack, NJ, and will start at 5:00 PM. Admission is free and for all ages. Poitin Still features about 30 television sets, as well as a big screen, to ensure everyone gets a good view of all the action. Because of the huge success of the show with the fans, the fellas have booked some of the most popular Blueshirts of all time to make it a can’t miss event. On hand will be special guests, Rangers alumni, Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu and Chris “Kotsy” Kotsopoulos. the guys will be there signing autographs for a phenomenally low price. You get all three players signatures for 35 dollars. This includes three awesome photos of the guys during their playing days for them to sign it on!

The event will also feature a question and answer session with the guys between periods where you, the fan, can ask any questions you would like. The viewing party will also include a live pre-game broadcast on site of the Blueshirt Banter Radio show by hosts Jim and Eddie, with a live roll call that you know is going to be just as crazy as the hosts. If you are planning to get there early and have dinner, we advise you to make reservations as tables are filling up fast. The number to call for reservations or directions or any other questions is (201) 487-0660

For more information, you can also check out the special Facebook event page.
Poitin Still Irish Restaurant and Pub
774 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ

http://www.poitin-still.com

Viewing Party with Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu, and Chris Kotsopolous

JUST TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL THE ULTIMATE EVENT FOR RANGER FANS!

As many of you know, in addition to owning this blog and running it with Chris (jurgenno), I also contribute to Blueshirt Banter on a regular basis. On Friday November 26th, I will be joining the rest of the Blueshirt Banter crew, as we host our very own game viewing party as the Rangers take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center.

The viewing party will take place at Poitin Still Irish Restaurant and Pub in Hackensack, NJ, and will start at 5:00 PM. Admission is free and for all ages. Poitin Still features about 30 television sets, as well as a big screen, to ensure everyone gets a good view of all the action. Because of the huge success of the show with the fans, the fellas have booked some of the most popular Blueshirts of all time to make it a can’t miss event. On hand will be special guests, Rangers alumni, Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu and Chris “Kotsy” Kotsopoulos. the guys will be there signing autographs for a phenomenally low price. You get all three players signatures for 35 dollars. This includes three awesome photos of the guys during their playing days for them to sign it on!

The event will also feature a question and answer session with the guys between periods where you, the fan, can ask any questions you would like. The viewing party will also include a live pre-game broadcast on site of the Blueshirt Banter Radio show by hosts Jim and Eddie, with a live roll call that you know is going to be just as crazy as the hosts. If you are planning to get there early and have dinner, we advise you to make reservations as tables are filling up fast. The number to call for reservations or directions or any other questions is (201) 487-0660

For more information, you can also check out the special Facebook event page.
Poitin Still Irish Restaurant and Pub
774 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ

http://www.poitin-still.com

The Blue Seat Staff

As we enter into August, and Marc Staal being the only pressing need for Glen Sather, who has had a pretty successful offseason excluding the Boogyman hiccup, now would be a good time for everyone to get to know the Blue Seat Blogs staff. This information can be found in the About section of the blog. Contact information is on the right. Also, you can view the contact information, and posts by each of us, on the right.

Dave:
Dave founded Blue Seat in December 2008, pretty much at the whim of a friend (thanks Becky) and some severe boredom during the winter months. That’s probably not the best way to start a blog, but hey, it worked. As Blue Seat grew, Dave was asked to contribute to Puck Prospectus, and was the lead hockey writer on Stalking Steve Phillips (RIP). In addition to Blue Seat, Dave contributes on a regular basis to Blueshirt Banter.

Dave can be reached via email here, or via Twitter here.

Jeremy:
Jeremy joined Blue Seat Blogs before the 2009-2010 season. Jeremy is a veteran blogger, whose works have been published in numerous popular publications, such as the Chicago Sun-Times and AOL. In addition, Jeremy has been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Along with Blue Seat Blogs, Jeremy writes for The Blog of Champions, a sports and political blog, and is the site editor of GiantsGab, one of the foremost New York Giants blog.

Jeremy can be reached via email here, or via Twitter here.

Jurgenno88:

Jurgenno88 – Christian – joined Blue Seat Blogs in the 2009-10 season. A rookie blogger based in the UK, Christian was a main writer for UK Sports website nasports.co.uk as well publishing on several German football websites and writing in MMA publications. A huge fan of the Giants, Rangers and Knicks, Christian jumped at the chance of joining Blue Seat Blogs and is part of a new website focusing on New York sports – from a UK perspective - beginning in August.

Chris/Jurgenno88 (Confuses himself sometimes!) can be reached via email here, or via Twitter here.

Stas / Mike Axisa:

Every now and then, you will see a post by Stas. Stas helped get the site off the ground in the beginning. A hefty work schedule limits his posting, but you will see a few posts from him occasionally.

Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues also posts occasionally. Mike also helped get the blog off the ground in the beginning, posting several links from RAB. As you can imagine, Mike is very busy running the best Yankees blog out there, but he will generally post big news when Jeremy, Jurgenno, or myself are unavailable.

Depth Chart Update

With all the movement that went on during the draft and free agency period, the Rangers depth chart has a bit of a different feel to it. Added are Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, Derek Boogaard, Martin Biron, Dale Weise, Ryan McDonagh, and Pavel Valentenko. Gone are Donald Brashear, Bobby Sanguinetti, Alex Auld, P.A. Parenteau, and Corey Locke. You can view all the changes here. Remember, this is not based on current (or projected) lines, but who is more likely to make the NHL roster as of now. The Depth Chart will be updated again after camp as the roster dust settles.

Update: I also took the Sanguinetti watch down (thanks Heath). No point in having that one up anymore.