Monday, July 27, 2009

Being Thorough or Being Thoroughly Bored?

Most every blog out in the Rangerverse is reporting that Glen Sather signed a WHL defenseman named Sam Klassen. He is a defensive defenseman who people in the know think will compete for a spot in Hartford, but instead will likely head to Charlotte. That is the ECHL. AA hockey. The Rangers added a defenseman that Jess from Prospect Park called a "depth signing ... with limited offense." A defenseman who will play AA hockey, and everyone is talking about it.

How come?

It isn't like there aren't a lack of arguable topics at the NHL level. Why isn't Sather signing Brandon Dubinsky? Who does Nik Zherdev think he is, Pavel Bure? Should he be given a captaincy, do you think Wade Redden realizes how many people will yell "I know what that A stands for and it ain't assistant!!"

Actually, those topics have pretty much been addressed already. We've done mock lines, cap estimations, trade proposals ...

Do we all feel we have to jump right on any nugget of news? I know I do, if only to be thorough. But what are we getting out of it? On a writing level - I feel that as long as I keep writing, I keep honing my craft. As an obsessed puckhead I feel a degree of guilt for each day that goes by without a post - if only because I keep looking at all of the other pages that remain static for days and weeks at a time and feel a degree of frustration. I know that I will keep hitting those bookmarks again and again but how about you? Would the frustration stop you from coming back?

As we reach for stories and opine over minutia, could something that was said or written possibly turn you off? Basically, what is the risk/reward for calling out Sather's folly for signing some 20 year old kid who will likely never make the show?

This isn't to say that I am about to stop (sorry haters), but more to spur debate.

9 comments:

Steve Perry said...

They would be right. "A" stands for ALTERNATE.

Puck Central said...

I'm not sure how excited people are getting over the signing of Klassen, I think it's assumed by almost everyone that he won't be making the team anytime soon (if ever).

However, it's another prospect in the system and as far as I'm concerned, the more of them the merrier.

I put the story about the signing up on my blog yesterday. Possibly if it was during the middle of the season I wouldn't have put it up as quickly as I did (minutes after the signing). But, even if this was the middle of the season and the Rangers were in the middle of playing 3 games in 4 nights I would've put a post up about the signing. Why? Because if I run a NYR blog it makes sense to provide updates about pretty much everything the team does (as long as I have time), no matter how irrelevant the signing may seem.

Yes, loading blogs to see them not being updated is frustrating, but it is the offseason and if there is really no news, there's nothing the blogger can do. Then again you & I have kept our pages fairly fresh with all kinds of random posts

Anonymous said...

Prospect Park has a well written and thorough view of this. While it seems that the Rangers have a stockpile of D-men, the reality is that with the NHL roster as it stands today, 2 rookies will be playing and out of the 'prospect' ranks. With 4 guaranteed to play in the KHL, the depth isn't quite as deep as it appears.

per djoos said...

what we should be talking about is you picking kipper over zetterberg (among other worthy options) in the cycle like the sedins -- http://cyclelikesedins.blogspot.com/ --redrafting deal.

you just went down a notch in my book, scotty!

Powderhornhockey said...

Keeping our blogs fresh and providing our readers with a constant stream of information is what we do.
This week I've posted three times about signings. Two weeks ago I posted twice about Joel Kwiatkowski the first time when he resigned with the Thrashers. The second when it was discovered he was still under contract in Russia and it's back to Mother Russia for him. Of course will should post these updates they are news to the informed fans,you know our readers.;)

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