Today, I've got nothin'...
Traditionally, the day after the MLB All Star Game is void of sporting events on the North American calendar. It's also known as the day ESPN has the green light to continuously run LeBron James and Tim Tebow highlights until their viewers are blue in the face.
I was hoping the NHL was going to release the 2013-14 schedule to analyze and break down as a central point of topic for today's open thread but that'll be saved for later this week.
But yesterday wasn't completely absent of news on the Rangers and NHL front so we'll start there...
Larry Brooks reported in yesterday's NY Post that negotiations with RFA Derek Stepan have come to a stand still and speculated that it could continue much deeper into the summer and perhaps bleed into training camp.
Elsewhere, an unverified copy of the Florida Panthers schedule popped up on twitter yesterday, which showed the Rangers making their lone trip to play the Panthers on 11/10 and the Panthers making two trips to MSG on 11/27 & 12/31. Also to be noted on this schedule is that the NHL could be taking a 3 week Olympic break.
So the floor is all yours today. Feel free to talk about anything you'd like down in the comments below. The rigged ESPY's, the ongoing heatwave... nothing is off limits.
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@FREE LINDBERG how long did it take you to finally get season tickets? i put a deposit down about a month ago. I recently spoke to my ticket rep and he says it appears theres no open seats available. he seemed pretty confident that he could get me a half season plan to start with. does starting with a half season boost my chances at all?Do you think ill be able to get a full season plan the year after?
So I'm on Long Island, now single and drinking age! I would like to watch some games at a bar anywhere from LI (preferably, so I can get home safe) to NYC if there's an event. Let me know cool places that play rangers games. I wouldn't mind some ladies either but it's mainly about the hockey and meeting some fans. I've spent years with a girl who wasn't too into hockey and I have no friends left around here who are fans :(
No more miracles Olympics is now and has been tainted. On another note Rangers cmon lock up Stephan already for god sake and when the f does sather retire from the game its past him a long time ago he's still waiting for the ghost of Mess Gretzky Kurri and on an on hang it up
All I want is the NHL schedule to put me out of my misery, I'm NYC-bound on the 4th of October for a few days and I wanna know for certain that the MSG refurb will keep the Rangers on the road whilst I'm there! 99% resigned to the fact that it will be, just wanna know for sure!
Wtf why an Olympics break we don't need our players going to play in a meaning less event w the only outcome being a star NHL player be done with an injury let the kids play in this crap like the old days
The Scott Fargas ice..."Yellow ice I tell you, they have yellow ice"
Also excited to see the new division names. Have a feeling we may just be called the Atlantic again though.
Has anyone talked to their ticket rep from MSG? Have been trying to get a half season plan for a while now...was wondering what the prices have jumped to those of you who may have already been contacted. Thanks
I'm eager for some news. I guess I'm prepared to wait until fall to resolve the Stepan situation. I'd prefer if he didn't have to miss any camp over it. But I do like to get a little news daily. What do we have to look forward to? What's on the calendar that we can expect some kind of news?
@DanW That sucks. When the games start I wouldn't mind getting together with some people here and going to a bar in NYC to watch some away games. Maybe weekends. Check back later.
MSG will be closed unfortunately. I can't imagine a way they will be playing there even if it is done. they probably want the wiggle room for construction delay's.
@giovani1stnhloverallpick You guys are all insane. I would force them to go play. Last Olympics were amazing. It gets people to watch our sport and I love seeing the level of competition. I can't believe you are all against this. Im shocked. As a fan of hockey and the Rangers, I love watching it. If someone gets hurt so be it. It's sports, I really really really love that they are playing.
@giovani1stnhloverallpick I don't think pros in any sport should be allowed. The Olympics is supposed to be amateur sports. Letting pros in just tarnishes it.
@gravey94 I hope this doesn't catch on. Minor league hockey teams paint the ice pink for breast cancer awareness events, which is perfectly fine. But yellow ice? The jokes write themselves.
where can i look at that breakdown again? it didn't stick the first time. where do i look to re-learn my divisions?
@Cup4NYR reps only calling about full season right now. Half season and Mini plans will start in a few weeks.
@AG_Blue training camp is about 6 weeks away. pretty empty between now and then.
Ah well! The Flying Puck it is then. Any tips for shops to get Rangers gear? Been told the NHL store is pretty much just jerseys and tshirts, wanna get some kids stuff for my two boys.
I agree and disagree. I like the stars playing, but I am not going to lie if hank gets hurt and is out for an extended period of time because of the Olympics my opinion would definitely change. I like it, but if it were between America winning the gold and the rangers being healthy for a playoff run, I pick rangers every time.
@FREE LINDBERG what section?
@Leggett84 NHL store has a lot of stuff, not just t-shirts and jerseys. I haven't been in a while, but I always loved going to Gerry Cosby & Co. They moved to out of MSG to 31st (between 6th & 7th) and I think they are less kitchy and more hardcore hickey, but I always loved the store. You could also go to Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs (http://tinysnyc.com/) Maybe Avery will be there ;-)
ya the NHL store is cool I would definatly go but it is mostly t-shirts and jerseys. idk give it a shot though it think they had kids stuff! go to shop.nhl.com they have a 10% off deal if you sign up for emails now.
@DanW I enjoyed it more when it is not NHL players playing each other in a glorified all star team. Now I just hope the Ranger players don't get injured.
Whoa the disdain for Olympics! You guys dot enjoy it? I love watching USA come together and play. I don't expect to beat Canada or Russia but recently we can and it would be soooo nice to do it in Sochi. USA!
@DanW Depends section and availability.
If I wanted a mini package of maybe 5-10 games when should I try to buy and how much am I looking at?
@FREE LINDBERG I've sat there before, really like that spot. Do you have the scoreboard view...or no longer? Full season or half season? Thanks for the response!