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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.

Voting for Offseason Plan Contest

Be sure to vote for Finalist #1, Finalist #2, or Finalist #3 in our Off Season Plan Contest in the poll on the right.

Presenting the 2013-2014 BSB off-season plan contest finalists

Happy Friday, BSBer’s.  Today is the day we unveil the Top-3 entries of our off-season plan contest.  We will be running all three posts today at 8, 9, and 10am and opening up the site poll once the last entry is posted.  We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to this contest.  There were many high-quality plans and ideas submitted, and we regret we cannot include everyone’s.  Just a few things to remember…

  • Feel free to use the comments section of each post for discussion/debate/feedback.  I’m sure the authors would love to hear your thoughts on their plans, and it should be interesting to compare them to how the Rangers actually went about their business.  This should go without saying, but there will be a zero-tolerance policy for malicious comments or name calling. Have a good time with it.
  • We are going to withhold the identity of each author until the final votes are tallied.  Once the winner is announced, the identity of all three finalists will be revealed.  Congrats again to our finalists.
  • Let’s try to be responsible with the voting.  Only one vote per person.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed, make sure to vote in the sidebar and give some quality feedback to our finalists.  This was a difficult and time consuming task, but hopefully it was rewarding for all of you and we look forward to crowning a champion!