Archive for Irresponsible Rumormongering

Oct
31

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire

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alex galchenyuk

In case you missed it, there is a lot of smoke around the Rangers and the Canadiens lately. Glen Sather and some of his cronies were taking in Montreal/Ottawa last night, and Steve Zipay tweeted that at least half of that crew were in Montreal when the Rangers were in town. Add in a lot of talk about Alex Galchenyuk, and there’s a lot of smoke around the Rangers and Canadiens.

Galchenyuk fits an immediate need for the Rangers. He’s a talented top-six center that can put up points. The former third overall pick is supremely talented, but the Montreal media has done a number on him. They made him apologize for being a victim of domestic abuse. They released private information about rehab. They’ve basically done all they can to chase him out of town. So naturally, the fans have turned on him.

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Now here’s an interesting tidbit you don’t hear everyday. Per Shawn Simpson, the Rangers have four top guys taking in Montreal/Ottawa tonight, including Glen Sather. Jim Schoenfeld (Assistant GM), Doug Risebrough (scout), and Gilles Leger (scout) are also there. Worth noting that Jeff Gorton is not in attendance.

I don’t make much of the scouts being there, but Slats and Schoenfeld are certainly rare sites at games. No Gorton also has me thinking that something is up. It’s all speculation at this point. But that said, there’s been a lot of smoke around NYR/Montreal lately.

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lindy ruff

In his most recent column, Larry Brooks noted that there “is chatter that Alain Vigneault may get canned after Tuesday’s game.” Addressing the rumor first – this appears to be just speculation on Brooks’ part. The general gist of his post –that if AV’s fate is based on one game, then it’s already too late– is spot on, though.

If AV is truly on a game-to-game rope, then the best thing to do is to rip the band-aid off and just get rid of him. I’m a firm believer that coaches have a shelf life, although I’m unsure what that shelf life is. Perhaps AV’s style only lasted three years with the Rangers. But at some point, the message and the messenger need to change.

That said, there’s no point in firing a coach if you don’t have a good replacement ready. The Rangers have a few options to them, although few are appetizing.

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When it comes to hockey, the goings-on between front office and coaching staff personnel is usually very tight lipped. There is never a leak. There is never any sort of inkling that something could be wrong. There is speculation based off reasonable assumptions, but that’s the best we can do. It’s one of the more challenging aspects of not just hockey, but all professional sports. Insight into front office workings just doesn’t exist regularly.

Which is why when it comes to the Rangers, it comes as a little bit of a surprise that there appears to be a disconnect between the front office and the coaching staff. This is 100% speculation on my end, and I wholly admit that. That said, this isn’t wild speculation, it’s educated guessing. There are clear signs that something is not right in Rangers town.

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Sep
08

Vote: 2017 BSB Plan Finalists

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Well, there you have it.  Our best and brightest for the 2017 Offseason.  Now, it’s up to you to decide who reigns supreme.  Give a vote below and see who our champion is!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their vision for the 2017-2018 New York Rangers.  Make sure to stay tuned to BSB for your daily dose of the boys in blue.  Pre-season is just around the corner!

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Now that we have had a chance to digest the first our of submissions, let’s get right into our second finalist.

I present to you, submission #2: Read More→

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Happy Friday, BSB community!  A couple months back, we posed a contest to our readers to come up with a working offseason plan that would help bring our beloved Blueshirts back to contention this season.  If you missed the specific ground rules they can be found right here.

Long story short, you submit specifics of an offseason strategy, the esteemed writers of Blue Seat Blogs chose the top 3 submissions, and then you, our beloved community, get to chose your favorites.  Past winners include notable commentators TommyT and Hatrick Swayze.  After doing this for a couple years, we have come to understand what it takes for a submission to work as a finalist.  Unfortunately, this year, only two submissions were really of the depth and quality necessary to take home that crown.

With that said, below is our first submission.  I’m going to run our second submission at 10am, and at noon, the voting opens.  May the best submission win!

Without further delay, here is submission #1: Read More→

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Per Elliott’s Friedman, the Rangers are expected to pursue forward Danis Zaripov if he decides to come to the NHL. The 36 year old has been a mainstay in the KHL until his two year ban for doping.

After missing out on Alex Kerfoot, the Rangers are doing their jobs by at least kicking the tires on Zaripov. He’s not a center, but adding forward depth, especially a guy that consistently put up 45 points in the KHL. At worst, if the Rangers get him, he competes with Matt Puempel for the 12F spot.

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alex kerfoot

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are among the final three teams for Hobey Baker finalist Alex Kerfoot. Kerfoot was originally a fifth round draft pick of the Devils in 2012, and opted to go the free agency route over signing across the Hudson. Kerfoot is a center, a position of dire need for the Rangers, and the 23-year-old seems to have the quickness and skill that might make him a viable asset for the club.

The Harvard graduate put up steadily increasing numbers –around 30 points– with the Crimson before exploding for 16 goals and 45 points in his senior year. The assist totals remained somewhat consistent throughout his four years, and it was just his goal total that doubled in his final season.

Kerfoot would be another name in the fold for a potential roster spot, as the 5’10”, 175 lb center would likely be competing with Lias Andersson, David Desharnais, and potentially Boo Nieves and Adam Tambellini for the 3C spot. Either way, his addition would certainly help bolster the center depth, which is sorely needed.

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ryan mcdonagh

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It’s amazing what one summer can do. Last summer, the Rangers transformed their forwards into one of the most potent offenses in the league. This summer, they transformed their blue line from one of the worst in the league to perhaps one of the best top-four in the league. It’s amazing what Jeff Gorton has done.

Ryan McDonagh has been the rock on the Rangers blue line since he joined the team. He’s not quite elite, but he is in the tier right below elite. After dragging around an anchor for a few seasons, he finally has a chance to be free with Kevin Shattenkirk on his right side. Ryan McDonagh is a free elf.

But for how long?

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