To quote John Tortorella, “it sucks” that the Rangers’ season is over. But, with Breakup Day now being old news, the 2010-2011 season is officially over from a blogging point of view. But that doesn’t mean the updates and articles stop as well. This is a critical time for the Rangers’ franchise, a time to reflect on what happened during the season and what needs to be done from now until October to ready us for the 2011-2012 season and beyond. Make sure to stick with James and me at Blue Line Station. Keep reading to see what you’ll find on Blue Line Station during this off-period:
Player Reviews- Many blogs and beat writers give an end-of-the-season report card, grading how each player performed with a few sentences to justify it. But we’ll take it one step further, dedicating whole articles to each player (and one coach) to review in depth how players performed this year compared to what we had expected or anticipated.
Draft Information- The Rangers own the 15th overall pick in the first round for the 2011 draft in June, so we’ll profile some players who might end up New York Rangers property. We’ll also cover the actual draft, of course, providing information on every New York Rangers selection from the first round to the 7th, and any transactions they make during the process.
Rumors, Free Agency, and Trades- The season ended last Saturday, and yet rumors are already flying. Will Chris Drury, Vinny Prospal, and/or Sean Avery return? Is Wolski going to be bought out? Are the Rangers going to target Brad Richards? We’ll cover all the rumors as information comes out, as well as discuss the free agent signings and/or trades that the Rangers make. Even this more patient version of Sather is a lock to make a few noteworthy moves during the offseason.
Prospects- We gave some prospect updates during the season, but now that the season is over we have time to really dig deep and discuss potential future Rangers. We already know that Ryan Bourque and Carl Hagelin have been signed, but what about Chris Kreider? Will he actually return to BC? Will the Rangers offer contracts to Roman Horak, Ethan Werek, or Max Campbell? We’ll also do prospect rankings, ranking each the top 20 prospects in the organization.
Everything Else- Random things happen during the offseason. It’s when guys like Brian Boyle get serious about trying to save their careers and do different kinds of training to improve. Or, it’s when Sean Avery interns with Vogue. Whether it’s significant news or something stupidly funny, we’ll make sure it’s discussed.