Sep
12

Baby Rangers fall to Detroit, wrap up Traverse City today

September 12, 2017, by · Comments (21)
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Gropp (Photo: Seattle Thunderbids)

The Baby Rangers dropped another disappointing game, this time to the Red Wings by a score of 4-1. Ryan Gropp got the lone goal, with an assist from Brandon Crawley. Outside of that, there was nothing to write home about. Chris Nell made 32 saves on 35 shots.

The Rangers play the Stars today at 3pm in the 7th place game. A win would be super so they avoid last place.

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Sep
11

Five training camp predictions

September 11, 2017, by · Comments (79)

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It’s that time of year folks. The air is crisp (well in the mornings it is). The temperature is no longer scorching. Long sleeves are out. Pants are worn regularly. It’s almost hockey season. While the Baby Rangers are in Traverse City looking to grab a winning record, the regular Rangers are gearing up for camp. As such, here are some predictions for camp.

1. Nick Holden will not be a Ranger when camp ends. That seems like a gimme prediction, but the relative silence on the trade front hasn’t been reassuring. But the defense trade market is waiting for the Vegas shoe to drop. They have to waive at least three defensemen. When they do, teams get a clearer picture of what’s available. Holden’s contract is cheap, and teams likely want a chance to get a 30 point defenseman.

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Categories : Preseason
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Sep
10

Baby Rangers blanked by Baby Canes

September 10, 2017, by · Comments (16)

Seven year old photo, for the win! (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

After their nice win over the Baby Hawks on Friday, the Rangers fell to the Baby Canes by a score of 4-0. The Canes have an impressive collection of prospects, so the blowout loss isn’t that surprising. Alex Georgiev stopped 29 of 32 shots.

The Rangers will take on the Red Wings on Monday to finish out round robin play. They will have one more game on Tuesday, opponent TBD.

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Sep
09

Baby Rangers top Blackhawks in Traverse City opener

September 9, 2017, by · Comments (19)

The Baby Rangers topped the Baby Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 in the Traverse City Tournament opener this year. Malte Stromwall had a goal and an assist. Gabriel Fontaine had a pair of assists. Ryan Gropp and Sean Day  each had a goal, while Ty Running added an assist. Chris Nell made 28 saves.

The Rangers are up against Carolina next, with puck drop at 3:30 today. Here’s the lineup for that game:

 

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Sep
09

Metro Division Preview

September 9, 2017, by · Comments (9)

Since hockey season is almost upon us (certainly the preseason at least) I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to write a quick preview of the Metropolitan Division, to refresh all of the things that went down this summer in our hockey backyard. It can be tough to remember every offseason transaction, so why not compile them all in one place and offer a little bit of analysis? Anyways, here’s your 2017-18 Metropolitan Division.

New York Islanders

This team got undeniably better, on the addition of Jordan Eberle alone. His chemistry with John Tavares is going to cause problems for teams around the Metro, and when you factor in Josh Ho-Sang the Isle’s scoring depth just became a force to be reckoned with almost over night. Still, although they’ve improved substantially up front, they’re the Islanders, with such luminaries as Dennis Seidenberg and Casey Cizikas down the depth chart, which is to say they’re not exactly stacked as you move down the lineup. I’d project them to make some noise as the playoff push begins to come together, but ultimately they’re a bubble team at best.

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Sep
08

Vote: 2017 BSB Plan Finalists

September 8, 2017, by · Comments (9)

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Well, there you have it.  Our best and brightest for the 2017 Offseason.  Now, it’s up to you to decide who reigns supreme.  Give a vote below and see who our champion is!

Thanks to everyone who submitted their vision for the 2017-2018 New York Rangers.  Make sure to stay tuned to BSB for your daily dose of the boys in blue.  Pre-season is just around the corner!

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Sep
08

2017 BSB Off-Season Plan Contest Finalist #2

September 8, 2017, by · Comments (7)

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Now that we have had a chance to digest the first our of submissions, let’s get right into our second finalist.

I present to you, submission #2: Read More→

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Sep
08

2017 BSB Off-Season Plan Contest Finalist #1

September 8, 2017, by · Comments (7)

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Happy Friday, BSB community!  A couple months back, we posed a contest to our readers to come up with a working offseason plan that would help bring our beloved Blueshirts back to contention this season.  If you missed the specific ground rules they can be found right here.

Long story short, you submit specifics of an offseason strategy, the esteemed writers of Blue Seat Blogs chose the top 3 submissions, and then you, our beloved community, get to chose your favorites.  Past winners include notable commentators TommyT and Hatrick Swayze.  After doing this for a couple years, we have come to understand what it takes for a submission to work as a finalist.  Unfortunately, this year, only two submissions were really of the depth and quality necessary to take home that crown.

With that said, below is our first submission.  I’m going to run our second submission at 10am, and at noon, the voting opens.  May the best submission win!

Without further delay, here is submission #1: Read More→

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Sep
07

Mailbag: What about Andreas Athanasiou?

September 7, 2017, by · Comments (20)
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One question for the mailbag this week, but it’s a good one. As always, email us your questions using the widget on the side, and we will answer them in our mailbag.

Anthony asks: If Athanasiou were to leave the Red Wings for the KHL, how long do they maintain his rights? I think it makes sense to at least make an offer slightly above the compensation they would get for losing him on an offer sheet. Maybe there is a little more desperation to get something for him now, if they were to lose the rights in a year, versus 3 years (or however many).

I really like Athanasiou. Really really like him. If the Rangers have a legitimate opportunity to land him, they should. He’s criminally underutilized in Detroit, and would look really good on the third line for the Blueshirts.

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Sep
06

New York Rangers Prospect Rankings 20-11

September 6, 2017, by · Comments (16)

Ty Ronning

Time for the latest addition of my prospect rankings. If you missed it, here are rankings 35-29 and rankings 28-21. Without further ado:

20 – Ty Ronning (RW) – Ronning is admittedly one of my favorite prospects in the system. I am drawn to the small pests who can also chip in on offense, it is why players like Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher are among my favorite players. Ronning has been cursed with two things that have diminished his value as a prospect, his size at 5’8″ and the absolutely horrible Vancouver Giants team that he plays on.

The story with Ronning is simple, he is a buzz saw. Great on the forecheck, knows how to get to the front of the net and also has the quick hands that actually make him effective there too. Unfortunately for him, being part of a poor Vancouver Giants team hasn’t exactly allowed him to display his skills at that level consistently.

Here is the kicker. Just like his dad who was absolutely fearless on the ice, during Ronning’s brief stint with the Hartford Wolfpack, we not only saw his game transfer against bigger pros, but also saw it being used successfully. Ronning was still forechecking like a mad dog forcing turnovers from players who may be five inches taller than him simply because of his speed and smarts. He was a big component of his line actually being able to cycle the puck for an extended period of time which Hartford hasn’t been able to do much that season.

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