There is little happening by way of the Rangers these days as the playoffs head toward the finals. But here at Blueshirt Bulletin, we're working on the June issue, our last before our two-month summer hiatus. The issue will be divided between looking ahead toward the draft and free agent season, and looking back at the season past, with a particular focus on prospects, since their recent past can help us understand what to expect from them down the road. Here is a sampling of some of what you'll see in the issue, a single line from each of six articles:
"We have to make sure that even those guys contribute more offensively. You got to take some responsibility for those players to offer up more offensively too." -- a coach
"It's a numbers game with the salary cap, and where goaltenders end up may impact the bottom line of their teams and perhaps force them to relinquish the chase for a primo defenseman or center. Which is exactly the territory where the Rangers are hunting." -- a major-daily reporter
"Big Broad Street Bully Don Saleski finished his career in Colorado. Saleski was lined up in the face-off and he started talking to Pierre, asking how he was doing. Pierre said, 'How am I doing? I mean, Jesus Christ, you tried to kill me for fifteen years. Now you're my pal? Get out of here.'" -- a retired Ranger
"Losing hurts, for sure, but the only time it's wasted is if you don't glean something from it, and we think our kids are smart enough to glean something from this experience." -- a coach
"There’s no doubt in my mind Lauri will play in the NHL. It’s more a matter of, can he be a top two line player? That has yet to evolve." -- a member of the management team
"As much as I like the current team, competition is healthy -- this is the way you build through your organization. I can’t remember the last time there were so many promising young players on the way up through the system." -- a fan
You will not see any of this anywhere else but in Blueshirt Bulletin. That's a fact, Jack. Click on the link at the top of the sidebar to the right for subscription information. Blueshirt Bulletin would make a great Father's Day gift for the Ranger fan who has (almost) everything -- especially a generous and understanding wife or child.