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Adam Graves “Beginnings” tonight

This was again sent to me by our friends with the Rangers. Adam Graves’ episode of Beginnings will air tonight after the game. Apparently he likes to play Frogger. I can give him a run for his money there. The release is below:

Tonight at 10:30pm, immediately following coverage of the Rangers-Islanders game, Rangers legend Adam Graves takes MSG Network back to his hometown of Toronto on the original series “Beginnings.” In the episode, Graves and his mom Lynda visit the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maple Leaf Gardens, which was turned into a grocery store and hockey center when the Leafs left in 1999. They also take a trip back to the house that he grew up in, which he hadn’t been to in 28 years.

“Growing up in Toronto, I think I was like a regular kid, like everyone else. I enjoyed skateboarding, and back in the day that was when Atari first came out and I remember ‘Frogger’ and all those different games that people had, so we used to play that with our buddies all the time. When I was at school I enjoyed playing football and soccer, track and field, I did some running, I mean, pretty much anything athletic or anything physical I was involved in, but hockey was my number one passion, without question.”

http://msg.com/shows/beginnings.html?vid=2430646989

All-new episodes of “Beginnings” continue in February and March as former Ranger Nick Fotiu heads back to Staten Island on Tuesday, February 4 at 10:30pm and current Ranger Derick Brassard visits his hometown of Hull in Gatineau, Quebec on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30pm.

GIF: Derek Stepan’s reaction to the overtime penalty

This one comes courtesy of Jess (great fan, give her a follow). That’s me in the Winter Classic jersey, and Becky right next to me.

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Note: John Moore Beginnings tonight after the game

The folks at MSG were kind enough to remind me that the the newest episode of Beginnings, featuring defenseman John Moore, will air tonight following the game against Columbus. There’s some video up at MSG.com now, and there will be more videos added around 3pm this afternoon. Check after the jump for the full notice.

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Stadium Series jerseys unveiled with awesome video

Kudos to Joe Girardi and Dan Girardi for this one. Definitely worth the watch:

MSG to honor Sam Rosen

In case you missed it, MSG is going to honor Sam Rosen and his 30 years behind the microphone as the Rangers play by play announcer on Friday, January 31. The special will air at 10:30pm, right after the Rangers/Islanders game that night.

I posted the press release after the jump. Check it out.

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Friday chat reminder

The BSB Friday live chat returns today to torpedo your productivity at work.  Join us at 1pm, where we will be talking all things Rangers; Rick Nash’s imminent return, JT Miller’s ice time (or lack thereof), the emergence of Chris Kreider, anything you want.  See everyone this afternoon!

Saturday open thread

Been kind of a crazy weekend around here at BSB, so unfortunately we won’t have a new post up until the game tonight.  Feel free to use this as your open thread for your Saturday meanderings.  The Jets and ‘Hawks are on at 3pm, and there is plenty of Premier League soccer over on NBCSN.  You can vent on the general classlessness of the Flyers organization or the absolutely disgraceful conduct of Ray Emery last night.  Just keep it civil.  Enjoy!

DobberHockey’s Fantasy Hockey Guide

I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary copy of DobberHockey’s Fantasy Hockey Guide (available for purchase here), and these guys did a tremendous job putting it together. If you are big into Fantasy Hockey, the guide takes an in-depth look at who to draft for your league. They look at puck possession metrics, PDO (puck luck), zone starts, and quality of competition to accurately predict who will have big years, and who will be sleeper picks for this season. They also look into toughness of the schedule for each team, which is a factor in picking your goaltenders (back to back games, etc).

It’s pretty cheap ($9.99) and is available in PDF format. With our BSB draft coming up next week, I’ll be reading through this to get my advantage.

Latest round of pad reductions illustrates need for more effective advocacy for goaltenders

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The other day, I was reading one of my favorite goalie-related publications, InGoal Magazine.  There was a fantastic article about some NHL tendys giving their thoughts on the new equipment sizing and some of the difficulties the changes pose.  After reading the article and seeing some of the drastic reductions in size, I started thinking about the involvement of the Union and the type of representation that goalies are receiving during this type of transition.

There has been talk of allowing goalies up until the Olympic break to comply with the new rules, and further talk of revisiting the measurements in the off-season (not to see if they are effective, mind you, but to take another crack at reductions).  After examining all the information from the article and investigating further into the compromise made with regard to the reduction formula, I arrived at the conclusion that goalies are not being advocated for properly in the new-NHL. Read more »

Announcing the winners of the BSB off-season plan contest

Happy Friday BSB’ers!  It is my pleasure to reveal the identities of our three finalists for the off-season plan contest.  Drum roll please…

In Third-place, the Bronze Medal goes to: Robin Grau

In Second-place, the Silver Medal goes to: Michael Seidell (commenting handle Seahorse)

And our winner and Gold Medalist is, with over 50% of the total community vote: Tommy Tabasco (Tommy T, around these parts)  Throw him a follow on Twitter- @ttabasco13

Be on the look out for a guest-post from Tommy T in the near future, and thanks again to everyone who participated in the contest.  It was a lot of fun.  If you guys and gals have any other ideas like this and our Best Ranger Post-Lockout Contest, drop us a line and let us know.