The offseason has hit a lull.
There are still plenty of things for fans to think about heading into training camp and the preseason.
Here are six Twitter accounts that every New York Rangers fan should be following.
The official Twitter account of the New York Rangers may not be the one-stop shop for all the breaking news and objective analysis a fan may desire, but it still has a lot to offer. There's always a lot of great information about charity work, links to interviews, photos, statistics on the team's official website, etc.
What makes the account a must-follow, however, are its retweets. Who has time to hunt all of the Rangers down on Twitter? Even if you do, why bother? @NYRangers has got you covered:
Andrew Gross is a beat writer for the Rangers. In his blog, Ranger Rants, he not only reports breaking news but does a great job interacting with the fans and explaining the news. He restricts his tweets to hockey and mixes in non-Rangers news that Blueshirts fans will care about, like Jaromir Jagr signing with the New Jersey Devils:
Lamoriello cites Jagr's work ethic, what he can bring to power play and ability to make other players on ice better as reasons for signing.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) July 23, 2013
While Gross may interact with fans from time to time, Jim Cerny is the king. He fields fans questions on Twitter all the time. He's a beat writer for the official New York Rangers website and BlueshirtsUnited.com, where he even runs a weekly chat. His exclusive access for interviews makes him a can't-miss writer to follow, too. If you've got a Rangers-related question, he's got answers:
Steve Zipay doesn't get a ton of attention as far as beat reporters go, but he balances analysis, breaking news and fan interaction well. He covers the Rangers expertly and takes the unspoken competition among New York daily newspapers to be clever and witty seriously, as seen in this tweet about the NHL schedule:
Re-Torts. Canucks visit MSG on Nov. 30— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) July 19, 2013
Larry Brooks can probably go back to being a nameless, faceless reporter in the eyes of the average fan now that John Tortorella is gone. That doesn't mean you shouldn't follow him on Twitter, though. A bit more, eh, dense than the other beat writers, he never shies away from tough questions and doesn't throw hanging curves for coaches and players to answer. He's unafraid to speak his mind:
Any media outlet that would hire John Tortorella should be ashamed.— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) May 29, 2013
What would a Rangers fans Twitter feed be without anyone from MSG Network? Look no further than John Giannone. While Dave Maloney is another good source, he's not as active as his colleague.
Giannone engages fans before, during and after games with excellent analysis. When news is slow, you may have to endure some tweets about his personal life, but he's likable enough. His tweets during the Rangers vs. Boston Bruins playoffs series illustrated how he had his finger on the pulse of the Rangers:
Extremely impressive road period for #NYR. Stood up to physicality, sent stout message, agitated enough to draw penalty & converted PPG too!— JOHN GIANNONE (@jaygeemsg) May 25, 2013