Good Monday, 28 July 2014. Another start to the work week for most of us. A beach day for others. A sleep-in day for the other few.Quite bit of news happening on Blue Line Station. In case you missed it, we have a couple of new articles to read over with your morning coffee, lunch break, and/or dinner table, if permitted. We covered everything from Rick Nash’s playing potential, New York Rangers players’ charity foundations, to Derick Brassard’s new contract.
Joining us last week is Andrew. For being a newcomer, he has already made his mark on the Blue Line Station. His first article on Rick Nash offers a viewpoint that many of us have been feeling. His playoff performance has been lacking. He has the potential and needs to go out and prove it. Andrew’s recent article shines the spotlight on newly-signed Tanner Glass . He offers why New York Rangers fans should give the free agent addition an opportunity to prove himself on Broadway, before passing judgement. He points out that Glass offers a lot more than just goals and assists. He could prove to be an asset, especially in the enforcer department.
Jen, Blue Line Station’s other new writer, has been working on a series called New York Rangers Give back, where she offers insight into the players that goes beyond the ice. Her focus is on the charitable events they are a part of and what contributions they make to the communities chosen. Players highlighted by Jen include, Mats Zuccarello and the Zuccarello Foundation which helps promote the game of hockey in his homeland of Norway . Another article she wrote details Henrik Lundqvist and the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation. She discovered that his foundation contributes to other organizations across the world. That’s a “King” giving back to the people. Her recent installment involves Marc Staal and his family’s Canadian-based foundation, The Staal Family Foundation . Based in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, he and his three other brothers (Eric, Jordan, and Jared) are trying to help those in need across North America. Just like Lundqvist’s foundation, Staal’s charity lends a hand to sporting events and various charities.
Pat offered a couple of articles regarding the recent arbitration cases for the team’s restricted free agents. One article raised the issue of Chris Kreider and his hearing which was supposed to be held last Wednesday. Fortunately, he and the New York Rangers were able to come to terms for a two-year contract worth $5 million and avoid arbitration. However, if the hearing did go as planned, then Pat brought up some points about where Kreider’s value was, in his opinion. In a separate article from last week, Derick Brassard was scheduled for arbitration today. However, the New York Rangers and Brassard were able to hammer out a deal on Sunday. This keeps him in the fold, long-term, and some stability is put towards the center position. More details can be found here about Brassard’s newly minted contract .
Lastly, our newly appointed editor, BT wrote an article on the New York Rangers team and gave them a grade at each position . With all the offseason moves, he provided his take on how the team has filled the holes left on the roster. Everything from forwards to the goalies, nothing was left unturned.
And that’s the buzz today in Rangerstown!
We do it and you read it, cause it’s Rangers Hockey!