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09-07-2008, 05:54 PM
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New Beat Writer/Blog: Andrew Gross

Not sure if anyone mentioned it yet, but for the first time since 2000, the Bergen Record will cover the Rangers. Andrew Gross will be their new beat writer. I read an article today that stated he'll be starting a blog as well.

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/rangers/27965209.html

Gross will join our favorite beat bloggers Steve Zipay (Newsday) Sam Weinman (LoHud), Dubi (Blueshirt Bulletin) and Dellapina (Daily News).

Haven't found the site just yet, but a 5th perspective can't hurt. Over the past few years these blogs have really kept us closer to the team than ever, and the "OnDemand" coverage on the Rangers official website hasn't hurt either.

The more coverage the better!

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Good luck, Steve Z is the man!

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Good luck, Steve Z is the man!
im a big fan of weinman myself.

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Great. Really looking forward to it. He seems really enthusiastic about it.

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always nice to have more people covering your favorite team

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Not sure if anyone mentioned it yet, but for the first time since 2000, the Bergen Record will cover the Rangers. Andrew Gross will be their new beat writer. I read an article today that stated he'll be starting a blog as well.

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/rangers/27965209.html

Gross will join our favorite beat bloggers Steve Zipay (Newsday) Sam Weinman (LoHud), Dubi (Blueshirt Bulletin) and Dellapina (Daily News).

Haven't found the site just yet, but a 5th perspective can't hurt. Over the past few years these blogs have really kept us closer to the team than ever, and the "OnDemand" coverage on the Rangers official website hasn't hurt either.

The more coverage the better!
If he plays it like Gulitti does for the Devils, it'll be good. Also good to see the Record upping their hockey coverage. They need to, because other than the Nets getting some hits, the only one of their web-based sports operation that gets hits and comment traffic is the Devils one. I'm guessing that's what made them bring more hockey in. They need the revenue, or they're going to bite it, like the Star Ledger will.

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Definitely. And i think that the Record has realized that there is a large enough fanbase of hockey fans online - maybe even more than other sports, that warrants this coverage. They know the passion is there and its easy to see how successful the other blogs, namely Sam's and Zip's have been the past few years.

Zipay was saying something a month ago to the effect that they had more hits on his blog than some of the main pages on Newsdays site.

I'm really glad the Record is back covering them too, because its "my paper" and i've always thought they have a great sports section.

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Good choice, the more Ranger coverage the better.

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Its a family owned paper, passed from father to son last year. Son's a big ranger fan.

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Gross was Weinman before Weinman. He's a very knowledgeable hockey guy, and I'm glad he's back covering the Rangers.

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Andrew Gross was one of the first guys covering the Rangers that befriended me when I started working for this site. A very good guy, knowledgeable, and funny too. His blog should be very interesting.

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Good stuff. I check BB and Weinman every day. Haven't read Dellapinas until lately, and I don't know if its because of the offseason, but it isn't updated much. MSG televising away pre season games and The Record adding a guy are just signs that hockey is coming back. Just need games on ESPN to bring it all together.

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Good stuff. I check BB and Weinman every day. Haven't read Dellapinas until lately, and I don't know if its because of the offseason, but it isn't updated much. MSG televising away pre season games and The Record adding a guy are just signs that hockey is coming back. Just need games on ESPN to bring it all together.
Dellapina doesn't update his blog as often, but when he does, I usually find he writes a lot of good insight. His position gives him great access and I generally like what he has to say. During the season, he often uses the blog to expand on his print articles, adding stuff that had to be cut from editing.

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Dellapina doesn't update his blog as often, but when he does, I usually find he writes a lot of good insight. His position gives him great access and I generally like what he has to say. During the season, he often uses the blog to expand on his print articles, adding stuff that had to be cut from editing.
Yeah, it often frustrates me that Dellapina doesnt contribute to his blog as often as Zip and Sam do, because he usually gets a little more dirt than most of the beat writers for some reason.

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During the season, Sam and Zipay are pretty much on top of things. Zip usually knows everything and has everything a little beforehand, but Sam's witty comments etc make his a more interesting read.

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A prelude to his blog

He sent out a mass email to some of us who wished him luck. He's got a couple of interesting tidbits in there i thought i'd share with everyone.

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Hi everybody,

Thanks for the kind words and excitement regarding The Record re-starting
its daily coverage of the Rangers. I was truly humbled by the positive
response and definitely understand the responsibility I have to keep you
informed about the Blueshirts.

We're still working on getting the blog up and running; I'm certainly hoping
that will happen by the time training camp opens Tuesday but I'm not 100
percent sure yet. As soon as something is up and running, I'll be e-mailing
a link to Dubi at BlueshirtBulletin.com so hopefully he'll post that there.

Meanwhile, I've been hanging around the Madison Square Garden Training
Center, trying to re-introduce myself to some of the players who have been
around for a while and getting to know the seemingly big number of
newcomers.
Hopefully, you saw the story we ran in Wednesday's paper about Brendan
Shanahan skating with the team. There's been no change in his status -
there's still no contract offer on the table, though Shanny remains
optimistic a deal can be done. Spoke briefly to Glen Sather about it
Wednesday but he said he couldn't add anything to what Shanahan and his
agent, Rick Curran, had already said. My gut feeling goes back and forth on
this one: at first, I was thought something would be done by Tuesday, now
I'm hesitating a little bit. But I'll keep you informed as best I can. Also
spoke to Glen about the plans for the Europe trip. He said he wants to bring
30 players to the two exhibition games in Switzerland but wasn't sure how
many he'd take to Prague for the season opening games against the Tampa Bay
Lightning. Obviously, the Rangers roster would have to be reduced to 23 for
the regular season but Glen wasn't sure if they'd be sending seven back to
train with Hartford. Glen did add that Tom Renney would probably want the
extra seven to get back on the ice as quickly as possible, which would mean
cutting short their European trip.

As for other impressions. Both Lundqvist and Valiquette look sharp so far in
the informal scrimmages. Listened in to a conversation between Petr Nedved
(great guy, even if he probably doesn't add anything to the team at this
point) telling Lundqvist how fast the goalie was covering lifted backhands.
Normally, Nedved said, if you can come in on the goalie and manage to lift a
backhand, you should be good for a goal. Nedved tried that but Hank gloved
it quickly.

Scott Gomez and Chris Drury have become the leaders of the team, as
everybody expected they would with Jaromir Jagr gone. Haven't gotten a
chance to ask Tom Renney yet whether his inclination is to name a captain
(co-captains?) sooner rather than later. Shanahan in the mix is interesting,
though. If Brendan does make the team, might Renney give it to Shanahan, or,
more likely, Drury.

Speaking of captains, Markus Naslund has been on the ice but I have yet to
corner him in the dressing room. He left early today to go house hunting.

Also, I think everybody is going to like the gritty Aaron Voros, signed as a
UFA from the Minnesota Wild. Really personable and a hard skater with a love
for the physical aspects of the game. Just wondering whether there's a need
to have both him and Colton Orr on the roster.

Anyway, I'll have more of these ramblings - and facts, too, if I do my job
correctly - once the blog is up and running. Look for a training camp
preview in the paper Tuesday (that's the plan right now) and, also, I'll be
writing another one of those Page 2 columns on the Rangers for Tuesday.

Again, thanks for all the kind words and best wishes and I hope to live up
to the expectations.

Take care,
Andrew Gross

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