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Blueshirt Bulletin Subscriber Event!



Blueshirt Bulletin is proud to announce the first exclusive subscriber event of 2010. To kickoff our new partnership with the Official New York Rangers Fan Club, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a writer's roundtable discussion with New York Rangers Beat Writers Jim Cerny and Andrew Gross, as well as members of the Blueshirt Bulletin and Fan Club staffs.

Have your questions answered by those closest to the team in a small, up-front setting!

Space is limited, so sign-up is required.

Print and fax/or email the sign-up sheet below by midnight on February 13th, 2010. Confirmations will be emailed prior to the event to the email address provided. Printed confirmations MUST be presented at entry.


Draft Recap and Blueshirt News

Welcome fans back to Pucks on Broadway, after a short break and some re-organization, we are back in full swing.

First, a minor announcement.

As many of you know, I have taken on a greater role with Blueshirt Bulletin. This has led to taking a major role and being the lead content writer for BlueshirtBulletin.com. In light of this, my posts here will be less frequent and we will be having additional contributors come the fall.

Now onto some Rangers.

Over at Blueshirt Bulletin, I have done a short draft recap including players selected and some analysis.

The Rangers needed to go out and get forwards and goalies and that's what they did. While none are truly NHL-ready or near-ready, they have stocked the farm enough to have some wiggle-room with player movement and future transactions.

With the prospect of UFA's Paul Mara, Derek Morris, Nik Antropov, Nik Zherdev, and Blair Betts returning looks bleak, rookies Corey Potter, Mike Sauer, Mike Del Zotto, Bobby Sanguinetti, Evgeny Grachev, and Artem Anisimov are all going to get an opportunity to make the club in September.

There have also been rumblings of the Rangers in the Dany Heatley sweepstakes, as well as Marian Hossa so expect the Rangers to dump some additional salary if they are going to make a push and most likely need to fill gaps with additional rookies.

And it's never too early to have a preliminary roster, so let's take a stab at it.

Assume first that Michal Rozsival is part of whatever trade the Rangers make. Next, assume that the Rangers do not re-sign both Nik Zherdev and Nik Antropov, perhaps one is retained. Also, Glen Sather has made it clear that both Blair Betts and Freddy Sjostrom will not be returning.

Left Wingers:
Sean Avery
Lauri Korpikoski
* Dany Heatley
Aaron Voros

Centers:
Scott Gomez
Chris Drury
Brandon Dubinsky
Artem Anisimov

Right Wingers:
Ryan Callahan
Nik Zherdev/Antropov
P.A. Parenteau*
Colton Orr*

Defense:
Marc Staal
Dan Girardi
Wade Redden
Matt Gilroy*
Corey Potter*
Mike Del Zotto*

Now, this is putting a lot of pressure on the rookies and clearly shows some gaps that the Rangers must address in free agency.

A veteran defenseman and perhaps a guy like Mara, would fill out the defensive core and allow one or two rookies to be acclimated to the NHL.

The Rangers also must look at a couple wingers to fill out the third and fourth lines.

This week we will profile some UFA's and potential destinations.

As always, more to come...

Chiming In on NYR Bloggers

As the Rangers get set for Game 4 at MSG tonight, there was one topic I wanted to chime in on.

Yesterday, Steve Zipay said on his blog Blue Notes, (in so many words) that he dislikes the bloggers out there who pretend to be professional. This created a bit of a stir in the comments section.

Now, I have met Steve (though I am sure he couldn't pick me out of a crowd) and he was a gentleman. He is also well respected and a fine writer. Additionally, he contributes to Blueshirt Bulletin and always has very interesting insight.

I believe his mini-rant was taken a bit out of context.

My purpose for addressing his comments was that I am in a unique position where I am part blogger/ part professional and can see both sides of the coin.

When I began this blog a couple years ago, there were only a handful of really active up-and-coming blogs. You had Scotty Hockey, Rangers Review, The Dark Ranger, The Hockey Rabbi, just to name a few (didn't mean to leave anyone out, but you check ALL of them out over on the right hand side) and we all associated and grew together.

We each also had our own style and way of presenting our views. Scotty, for example, is very detailed and has a wonderful light-hearted humor aspect to much of what he writes. Inferno at Rangers Review is incredibly thorough and leaves no angle uncovered. The Dark Ranger relates to the fans incredibly well and makes you feel like you are sitting in the Blue Seats.

Myself, I fall somewhere in the middle. My journalism background keeps me a bit at bay with my opinions, but my "fan-hood" allows me to be emotional.

There is no right or wrong way to any of this, it's just what happened to work for each of us.

And our blogs have become a community. As I have transitioned over to Blueshirt Bulletin more frequently, I have had some contributors here. Scotty has worked with the NY Times and still continued his own blog. And we have all met new bloggers and websites that we have affiliated with or at the very least gave a link to.

However, as is the nature of the beast, blogging has grown exponentially and because there is no restriction or legislation, anyone can say what they want and how they want.

I don't believe Zipay was referring to those blogs who go out and share the links of the professionals or comment on the games themselves. I believe he was more or less talking about those who steal quotes as their own or present themselves to be authoritative when in reality, they are fans like anyone else.

The Blueshirt Bulletin, for example, has nearly the same press access as the major beat writers (we just don't get the premium ice level seats) and since I work with them, does that give me any more insight ? To a degree, as does my work with Stan Fischler and other various hockey outlets.

But at the same time, freedom of speech is an uncompromising ideal regardless of experience. If I am allowed to say what I feel, than anyone else can (and should) do the same.

What I think the blogging community and readership should strive to do, however, is keep the level of integrity as high as possible. If you use a photo or a quote, attribute it properly because someone worked hard to get it. If someone uses poor unnecessary offensive language, you don't need to visit or respond. And just because you disagree doesn't mean that the writer needs to be bashed for their view. That's why it's opinion.

Here, I have always cherished feedback and comments (though they come a bit less often now that I am here less) and if you disagreed with me, I countered with a point or gave you credit for your opinion. And that's all blogs are: a place for opinions and debate.

In the end, almost no bloggers have press access with the Rangers or are paid for their perspective. But many of them do pay to see the team and in this day and age, there's something to be said for that.

Blogging isn't going anywhere and all we can hope is that the standard that many exhibit are maintained by those who are getting into it.

Stop by Section 212 tonight to say hi...

Rangers to face Capitals


It was a matter of pick your poison. Do you want Alex Ovechkin or the Conference-leading Bruins?

In the end, Montreal's follies against Pittsburgh sealed the deal and a Washington D.C. match-up for the Rangers.

There are some interesting 1994 references embedded in this season's playoffs. First, the number of Rangers home record (26-11-4) is the most wins since the Championship season. It is also the first time the Rangers have faced the Capitals in the playoffs since 1994, though it was in the second round.

Could this season provide a similar magic? Well, it's not impossible, but it's certainly not going to be easy.

Over at BlueshirtBulletin.com, we'll have a full preview and comparison as well as game coverage of tonight's game at Philadelphia.

More to come this afternoon...

(Photo from Zimbio)

Tuesday Night a Must-Win

First off, I want to apologize to Pucks readers for my lack of consistent posting lately. Now that the baseball season under way, things at my internship are extremely busy. I've also begun taking an online class to fulfill a requirement toward graduation in May, so needless to say I'm not able to post as much as I'd like to right now.

On to the Rangers.

After a convincing victory over the Devils last week, the Rangers followed their impressive performance with back to back losses and fell to 8th place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Panthers have the same amount of points, but if the season ended today the Rangers would sneak in over them.

The term "must-win" is not one that I like to use on a regular basis. When used by broadcasters, anchors, analysts, and columnists, it's often in a context that is far too dramatic for the scenario in question.

However, I won't hesitate to use the terminology this time around. Tomorrow night's game against the Canadiens at MSG is a MUST-WIN.

The Rangers are clinging on to their playoff lives right now, and a home game against the team that leap-frogged them in the standings this week, and has a game in hand, can only be considered as such.

Yes; a loss tomorrow will keep the Rangers mathematically alive, and may not even bump them out of 8th. But, from a fan's point of view, it would be yet another devastating blow to their confidence in this team, which has been wavering for months now.

Beating the Canadiens on Tuesday will rely heavily on two aspects of the Ranger's game; special teams, and capitalizing on scoring opportunities. The Rangers take plenty of shots nowadays, but finding them in the back of the net has been a struggle as of late. If they can get the power play going for once, this could change drastically. The two go hand-in-hand.

If the Blueshirts find themselves saluting the crowd at center ice tomorrow night, it will act as a re-energizing shot of B-12 for them and the fans. The team could use a win of that magnitude to solidy their spot in the post season, finish the season strong, and carry momentum into the playoffs.

This would have been the hope after last week's drubbing of the Devils, but with the season now more "on-the-line" then ever, you can expect the Rangers to dial up their intensity to the highest level.

Avery Won't Add Fuel to the Fire

Leading up to tonight's game against New Jersey, Rangers forward Sean Avery refused to delve into last seasons saga between he and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

We all remember the infamous stick waiving incident that occured with Avery and Brodeur in the playoffs last year, which ultimately resulted in NHL Commish Gary Bettman to create the "Avery Rule", which was effective immediately following the game.

The incident led to Avery calling Brodeur a "fatso", followed by the Devils net minder refusing to shake Avery's hand after the Rangers had won the 5 game playoff series over New Jersey. A rivalry, in addition to the pre-existing Ranger/Devil rivalry, was born.

However, what's most important to Avery at this point in time is winning, and it seems as if Rangers head coach John Tortorella is noticing the change in mind set and attitude.

"I think Sean is smart enough to understand what this game means to us. Obviously, the Devils are in but they’re looking to get to some other spot. We’re trying to get in. That overrides everything."

"This is about discipline, concentrating," Tortorella added. "This is about trying to get two points. Worrying about the other stuff, the shenanigans as the league goes through [the stretch run], it can’t happen."

The Rangers are coming off disappointing back-to-back losses, and are seeing their grip on the 7th place seed in the post season race get looser by the day. The 8th place Canadiens are only a point behind the Blueshirts now, and the 9th place Panthers trail by only two points.

New Jersey has also struggled recently, losing their last four in a row, and winning will be the first and only priority on their end as well. Although the Devils have clinched a post-season birth, they will look to end the regular season with momentum to carry them into the playoffs.

The Rangers on the other hand, will need to scratch and claw their way into a locked playoff spot. The team has six games left to play, all of which are against playoff contenders.

The Canadiens also have a game in hand.

In order to win, The Rangers will need Avery at his best. When effective, he becomes one of the team's most effective offensive weapons.

Tonight will be the first test of Avery and the Rangers moxie, when they face Martin Brodeur's first-place Devils at the Garden, in what should become an intense contest.