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Jun
12

Some Tuesday thoughts

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Another day, another few hours closer to the draft. These days drag because we know something is coming, but we don’t know what or when. The Rangers are expected to be busy, hopefully before the draft because I have a wedding during the draft. Anyway, here’s just some ramblings I’ve been thinking about lately.

1. It is entirely possible to think that 1) The Derek Stepan/Antti Raanta for the #7 and Tony DeAngelo was a bad trade, 2) The Rangers reached for Lias Andresson at #7, and 3) Lias Andersson will be a good hockey player. I believe all three. However in this black and white world of absolutes –remember that only a Sith deals in absolutes– you aren’t allowed to believe two of these, let alone all three. Let’s live in the grey people. Both in hockey and in life.

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May
23

Game Seven: a Retrospective

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There’s a Game Seven tonight, something Rangers fans are very accustomed to and adept at surviving. One of the teams playing tonight for the chance at Lord Stanley’s Cup was in the same exact Game Seven scenario at Madison Square Garden just three years ago; the other team has never made it this far.

Regardless of who you are cheering for (or cheering less against, or rooting against, etc.), a no-stakes, series-deciding game is always exciting. Given the amount of raw talent in this game (hello Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Nicklas Backstrom, Victor Hedman, just to name a few), as a fan of the game, you certainly should find some joy in watching.

Now since this is a Rangers blog, and the Rangers are the Kings of Game Seven (patent pending), let’s take a look back at some of the best Game Seven moments in recent history. Read More→

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May
12

Conference Finals: BSB Staff Picks

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We’ve made it to the conference finals and, as it turns out, only one team has even made it here. How fun! We’ve already been treated to Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals, a 4-2 victory by the Caps over the Bolts, and anxiously await the West to start tonight at 7pm Eastern.

While we may all be awkwardly cheering for different teams, or uninterested altogether, it’s our duty at BSB to provide you with our completely unbiased opinions on who will take each series. Be sure to share your picks in the comments!

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning (currently, 1-0 Caps lead) Read More→

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Apr
26

Stress-Free Playoffs: Round 2 Predictions

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It me, Round Two

After a wild Boston-Toronto Game 7 last night (words that will no doubt trigger Toronto fans for the rest of eternity), we’re ready for Round 2 of the 2018 NHL Playoffs to begin tonight. Once again, we’ve made some predictions that are blissfully stress-free.

Please share in the comments what you think will happen this round.

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Dave: Caps in 7. These two meeting in the playoffs is getting old. We all know what both teams have and don’t have. In the end, I think the Caps finally break through though. Read More→

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Apr
18

Remembering John Amirante

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John Amirante died on Tuesday. I’ve been thinking about it almost nonstop, and the feeling of grief still hasn’t left me. I’d only met him twice, briefly, and aside from that I’d only ever heard him do one thing: sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Rangers games. Still, John Amirante was more than just the guy who sang the national anthem before Rangers games. He was a part of the Rangers family, what the Rangers meant.

I choose those words carefully, because right now, there’s no guarantee he’ll still be a part of what it means to bleed blue in this ever-changing era. Our team, the sport of hockey, and the world we live in are rapidly shifting, all given to us by our forebearers, many of whom are still with us but many of whom, like John, have either moved on or will be moving on as the pages turn. As this passage of time occurs we must commit ourselves to remembering and retelling their stories, over and over again, to keep them with us and one day pass them on to those who come next.

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Apr
17

John Amirante has died at 83

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Today is a sad day. John Amirante has died at the age of 83. Until recently, Amirante was the only person who sang the National Anthem at Rangers games. It was an absolute joy to watch him. The anthem hasn’t been the same since, and will never be the same.

Game Seven in 1994 will always be the lasting memory I have.

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The playoffs are officially underway. Seems weird because the Rangers not only aren’t in them, but missed them by a wide margin. It wasn’t even close. They swan dived off a cliff. But that doesn’t mean the week has been slow. Alain Vigneault, Daryl Williams, and Scott Arniel were all shown the door. Ilya Kovalchuk appears to be on his way to New York. Alexei Bereglazov is having his contract terminated. As usual, I have some thoughts.

1. First the new news, as Bereglazov was placed on unconditional waivers to have his contract terminated. I’m not surprised by this, and neither should you. When he didn’t make the team out of camp, he eventually went back to Russia. This was the logical next step, as it’s clear he’s nowhere near the top of the depth chart, even with a new coach.

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Apr
07

Prayers and Funds for the Humboldt Broncos

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I didn’t have the chance to write anything about the Rangers last night or this morning but just wanted to throw up a quick post regarding the tragic bus accident that took the lives of 14 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in Saskatchewan and injured 14 others. I can’t really find any words to express how deeply upsetting this is, so I figured this might help instead: below is a link to the gofundme page set up to raise money for any expenses incurred by family members of the team, and if you have the means I’d encourage you to donate. Hockey is a tight knit community and even though we’re far away I’d imagine this one hits close to home for a lot of us. Let’s all say a prayer for the Humboldt Broncos.

https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos

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MSG in May (Deadspin)

Happy Friday, BSB people.  With last night’s loss to the Islanders, the clock continues to tick down on a lost season.  With one game to play, the Rangers currently sit in 23rd place in the league, just one point ahead of the Blackhawks and Oilers.  If those teams win their remaining game(s), there is a long shot possibility that the Rangers could drop as low as 25th.  With some moving parts still ahead for the Blueshirts, I have some thoughts…

1. If the Rangers do happen to fall into 25th place, they will have a 6.5% chance at the number 1 overall pick.  Slim chance there, even though the 31st ranked team only has an 18.5% chance.  The general consensus is that the talent drops off significantly after the top 9-10 picks, so the Rangers could use a stroke of good fortune when their lottery ball pops.  Read More→

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Photo Credit: The Tennessean via AP / George Walker IV

Add two more to the injury list for the Rangers. Jimmy Vesey is out with a concussion, suffered at the hands of an elbow to the chin by Filip Forsberg (pitiful three game suspension). Staal was hit high by Alexei Emelin, who left his feet for the hit. No suspension for Emelin, of course. Because the NHL plays suspension roulette. It’s embarrassing.

Vinny Lettieri was recalled to replace Vesey. No defensemen were recalled to replace Staal, so it’s Steven Kampfer in tonight. I’d expect both of these injuries to last a while, too.

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