I know that in past years I posted a bit more over this month and I let things slip a bit this time around. So I just want to jot down some quick notes on stuff that I let slip:
*The Ranger home page is actually doing a good job providing new video content with interviews with the Rangers who are coming through the training center to run their kids camps. They also are putting in updates on the Future Blue that are playing for the red, white and blue. If you haven't heard of Derek Stepan before, you will soon. He should look great on the Blueshirts alongside fellow collegians Carl Hagelin, Max Campbell and Ryan McDonagh in a few seasons.
*The Wolf Pack will be playing at the Rock twice against the Lowell Devils twice this season, which will be great for those of us who can't get up to Hartford. But on the bad side of things, one of the two games fall on the same night as a Ranger home game. The Rangers play the Stars - Avery vs. the A-holes who treated him so poorly - on January 6th so many diehards who would go, won't. The other date, February 3rd is clear. But you have to ask about the reasoning for New Jersey to do this. The Rock is half empty for Devil games, who will show up to watch their terrible AHL team play? Lowell didn't make the playoffs last season and the franchise doesn't have many top-flight prospects. I figure that the Devs will do like the Isles did during the lockout when Bridgeport played at the Mausoleum: bus in fans from Lowell and give free tickets to season ticket holders and local schools just to make sure there are bodies in the stands.
*I personally loathe SNY but have to admit that their Ranger blog is pretty damn good. The link has been added to the blogroll on the right, which I've updated with more sites that I've found and enjoyed. If you have a site that isn't up there and think it should be, drop me an e-mail.
*nhLOL is still bringing the lolz.
*And a h/t to the guys at HFBoards for being all over the news. They caught Brooksie's latest column as it came out a few hours ago and are already are discussing the news - Mark Messier will return as part of the organization. This could be a good thing - think Yzerman on the Wings and Ron Francis on the Canes - but at some point you have to wonder how much mileage this franchise will get out of '94. Adam Graves is already a big part of the team and Mike Richter likely would be as well if he wasn't out hugging trees and preparing for public office. But then again, I've heard good things about Jeff Beukeboom's coaching skills and wouldn't mind seeing the big man back heading our blue line ...