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BSB Fantasy Hockey League

Since there’s a hockey season, it’s time to start up the BSB Fantasy Hockey League again. I’ve created a league on Yahoo with the following credentials:

League ID: 63003Password: rangers2013

Categories for skaters are: Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Powerplay Points (PPP), Shots on Goal (SOG), Faceoffs Won (FW), Hits (HIT), Blocks (BLK). Goalie stats are: Wins (W), Losses (L), Goals Against Average (GAA), Save Percentage (SV%), Shutouts (SHO).
Roster size: C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, D, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR.

The league is an 18 team league, and it is first come first serve. Draft is Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

Please leave a comment here when you sign up with your team name. My team name is Don’t Toews Me Bro. I know it’s old, but it’s a classic.

The Iron Sheik hates the lockout too; 8-bit NES NHL Lockout game

It’s always interesting to see which celebrities speak out against the NHL lockout. For those of you who remember old school WWF wrestling, then you know of The Iron Sheik. Apparently the Sheik is a big hockey fan, and he isn’t too pleased with the lockout:

The NHL you are no good piece of ** **** you insult the fans you make me mad. You can go *** yourself worse than the oj Simpson

Obviously he’s just slightly angry with the lockout.

Also, for those of you who want a little 8-bit version of the lockout, here’s a Nintendo version of the NHL lockout (s/t to NY Rangers Blog for this):

Watch: Animated version of CBA negotiations

Just saw this pop up in my Twitter feed, it’s pretty funny.

Brad Richards to host hockey clinic to benefit Sandy victims

Brad Richards and several teammates will be hosting two one hour skating clinics at the Staten Island Skate Pavilion on Friday, with all proceeds going to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Registration the event ends tomorrow, and since space is limited, Richards and St. Joseph by the Sea Vikings Hockey are asking for each participant to donate $75 to the relief effort.

The website for the clinic can be found by clicking here.

Richards noted on Twitter that a bunch of Rangers will be participating in the event:

http://twitter.com/BRichards_1991/status/268503667206926336

NHL players from the Tri-State area

With lockout hangover still in full effect, I figured it’s a good day for a “did you know” type of post. Below are all of the current NHL players who grew up in the Metropolitan Area. Like most of us fans, these guys started playing hockey as kids and worked their way up through the high school and local junior ranks before heading off to top-tier junior leagues, college and beyond.

Side note- I only picked kids who grew up in the area. People born here, but raised elsewhere (e.g., Bobby Ryan, Brandon Sutter, Tim Erixon, etc.) were not included.

Here is a breakdown by team:

Anaheim Ducks - Kyle Palmieri who grew up a Rangers fan in Montvale, NJ, cracked the Ducks lineup last year after dominating the AHL. The 21-year-old got his start in organized hockey at Sport-O-Rama in Rockland County, N.Y. and later played for the Devils’ under-16 junior team. Palmieri attended St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, where he led the team to the Non-Public State championship game as a sophomore. After that, he moved on to the U.S. National Team Development Program and later played for the Fighting Irish.

Dallas Stars Eric Nystrom, a 6 year veteran forward, grew up in Syosset and attended Portledge School. He played for the New York Apple Core, a local tier III junior team based in Long Beach that competes in the EJHL. After a stint with the NYAC he left for the U.S. National Program and later played for the University of Michigan. Eric is the son of former NHLer Bob Nystrom who helped bring the Islanders their first Stanley Cup in 1980.

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Timeline of events: How Rick Nash became a Ranger

It’s always very interesting to see how previous draft picks and trades pave the way for a big name player to be acquired. We looked into how Brandon Dubinsky became a Ranger, how Marc Staal became a Ranger, and how Tim Erixon wound up with the Rangers organization. Now, we look at a few of those deals, and how they all led to the Rangers acquiring Rick Nash. It’s interesting to note that all these transactions occurred with Glen Sather as GM of the Rangers.

  • 7/15/2001: Rangers sign Zdeno Ciger.
  • 12/12/2001: Rangers trade Zdeno Ciger to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Matthew Barnaby.
  • 3/8/2004: Rangers trade Matthew Barnaby and a 3rd round pick in 2004 to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris McAllister, David Liffiton, and the #37 pick in 2004 (The #37 pick was initially Florida’s, and was traded to Colorado in 2003 with Peter Worrell for Eric Messier and Vaclav Nedorost).
  • 6/26/2004: New York Rangers draft Al Montoya with the sixth overall pick.
  • 6/26/2004: Rangers trade the #37 pick in 2004 to the Florida Panthers for the #50 pick and the #73 pick (the #50 pick was originally Dallas’ pick for compensation for not signing free agent Derian Hatcher, and was traded to Florida in a deal for Valeri Bure) Read more »

Watch: Brad Richards tying goal

Since it’s Sunday and we’ve just launched a new design, I think we should celebrate Brad Richards’ most important goal as a Ranger. By this, I mean the goal that tied Game 5 of the Washington series:

After the jump, we have a video taken from inside the crowd. Wow does the Garden get loud.

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Snap reactions to EA Sports NHL 13

Snap reactions to NHL 13, which I finally got to try out on Thursday night.

1.  The video introduction by Claude Giroux about the new skating system was hilarious.  Giroux was totally disinterested, but it’s actually a really effective explanation of the revamped skating.

2.  Derek Stepan scored my first goal in NHL 13.  Just saying, I think he has more goals in him this season.

3.  Man they nailed Stu Bickel’s style of play.

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NHL ’13 ratings

Since NHL ’13 might be the closest we get to NHL hockey for a few months, it seems appropriate that we post the NHL ’13 ratings for the Rangers roster.

Kevin touched on this in Thursday’s musings, but there are a few complaints regarding these rankings. While many are focusing on Chris Kreider’s 68 rating, I’m actually more focused on the 73 rating shared by Anton Stralman and Stu Bickel.

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Watch: MSG transformation video

August is generally a slow news month, but we came across a cool video of the MSG transformation. It’s the whole transformation through July, definitely cool to watch.

Time Lapse Video – July, 2012 from MSGTransformation on Vimeo.