Join me this afternoon for the first live chat of the regular season! Plenty to discuss after yesterday’s opening night victory; Rick Nash’s big night, Dan Boyle’s injury, MSL at center, systems, whatever. We will get started at 1pm, but make sure to stop by at 12:45pm and fill up the queue. See everyone in a couple hours!
I realized last night that the next time I post, the regular season will be under way. Crazy. Anyway, it’s been an interesting preseason, so let’s chat about it. We’ll get going at noon, but make sure to stop by at 11:45am to start filling that queue. We will talk Anthony Duclair’s exceptional performance, line combos, depth spots, whatever the people want. See everyone at noon!
It’s that time of year again. As the start of the season approaches, it’s time for another year of BSB Fantasy Hockey. This time around, BSBer Puck Luck is going to be the commish. Click here to join the league directly. If the link doesn’t work, the ID is 65764 and the name of the league is BSB Fantasy.
Good luck to everyone that participates.
It’s that time of the year again. Preseason hockey officially kicks off today with Carolina facing Columbus this afternoon at 1:30pm. The Garden has a fresh sheet of ice down, ready to see the Rangers skate their first preseason game tomorrow night. Less than three weeks stand between us and the regular season. We’re already getting injury reports. Life is good for the hockey fan.
Late September also blooms into a time when, if you’re very rabid, you find nothing wrong with planning social events around your several fantasy drafts. Each of these is special in their own ways: admit it, the head to head with your co-workers is important cause of 40 hours a week bragging rights, but your keeper league that Jim has won three years in a row needs a new king in town, right? So you strategize. You agonize. You figure out your way to win and you go for it.
Lucky for you, faithful reader, I have been watching a disgusting amount of Grey’s Anatomy lately and I feel confident in diagnosing the Five Stages of Fantasy Drafting. Read more »
In case you missed it from yesterday, there have been some arrests made in connection with the overdose death of Derek Boogaard in May of 2011. Jordan Hart, son of former Islander Gary Hart, was arrested for supplying Boogaard with the prescription painkillers that led to his death. Oscar Johnson, a PA in Utah, was also arrested for providing Hart with the prescriptions for a number of years.
Another report mentions that a member of the 2010-2011 Rangers guided Boogaard to Hart when the former asked where he could find painkillers.
It’s that time of year again; welcome to the 3rd Annual Top 30 Goaltender’s List! Before we get started, just a couple housekeeping matters to attend to. There are no major changes to the methodology this year. I am still advising a hypothetical “team” on how to prioritize seeking a goaltending solution, irrespective of standings, roster composition, contention window or organizational view of its current options. The rankings are obviously subjective, so feel free (and encouraged!) to disagree with me.
Last year, I introduced a “dropped” section to give a little context as to why goalies who appeared on the first year’s installment didn’t make the cut the following season. Unfortunately, this year saw a huge drop off in the 30-21 range (8 goalies), so I don’t have room for that section this year. With all that out of the way, let’s start with the honorable mentions:
James Reimer- Toronto Maple Leafs: I’ve never been a Reimer fan, and after losing his job to Jonathan Bernier, failing to perform in big games and being involved in perpetual trade rumors, I felt justified in leaving him off the list. Whenever the inevitable trade to Winnipeg comes, he can continue to be a key contributor to mediocrity.
Ondrej Pavelec- Winnipeg Jets: Speaking of Winnipeg, I’m done waiting for Pavelec’s A-list talent and D-List work ethic to develop. He has squandered a golden opportunity to be a fantastic NHL tender, but now the KHL seems more likely than ever once his ridiculous five-year contract expires.
Cam Talbot- New York Rangers: After a fantastic rookie Cam-paign (see what I did there?), Talbot looks to show that last season was no fluke before hitting the open market in July in search of a starting job. I thought it was a little premature to include him, but he is well on his way.
Onto the Top 30 Proper…
Happy Friday, everyone. Let’s chat a little this afternoon. We will start at 1pm, but drop by at 12:45pm to fill that queue up. Until then, feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the newly signed Zuccarello/Kreider contracts, Brassards pending arbitration, bargain bin free agents, whatever. See everyone this afternoon!
Happy Friday, BSBer’s. Instead of a post today, let’s kill some time at work and chat. Formal start time is 11am, but drop by around 10:45am and start filling up the queue. See everyone there!
The Henrik Lundqvist foundation reached out to be with a raffle to benefit the foundation, with the winner getting a pair of tickets to Game Four:
In an effort to give back to the fans and raise money for his foundation, Henrik has set up a raffle with a prize of 2 tickets to Game 4, an autographed puck from the Eastern Conference Championship Game and an autographed goalie stick from the 2014 Playoffs.
Considering ticket prices, this is a solid chance to get some tickets for less than the $1,000 secondary market prices we are seeing right now. Be sure to check it out.