There are a number of worthy players capable of being the Blueshirts’ 2013-14 MVP, and here are at the top five candidates. Derick Brassard Brassard is a budding center with upside. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Chance of Becoming MVP: 5 percent Derick Brassard was acquired by the Rangers at last year’s deadline, and he could be a sleeper pick to be the most valuable player for the Blueshirts this season. Brassard is a talented center with upside, and he could put up points as a member of the top six this season. While it is unlikely that Brassard will out produce top center Derek Stepan, there is a chance he could catch lightning in a bottle with Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot. Staal is a quality blueliner. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Chance of Becoming MVP: 10 percent Marc Staal has a great chance to reclaim his status as the Rangers’ No. 1 blueliner this season. The Thunder Bay native was previously sidelined because of a concussion, and an injury sustained when a deflected puck hit him in the eye. During the Rangers’ season opener, Staal scored a goal, and he appeared to be completely comfortable while on the ice. If Staal remains a rock defensively, and he increases his offensive game, he could be the team MVP this season. Derek Stepan Stepan has progressed greatly since making his NHL debut. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Chance of Becoming MVP: 20 percent Derek Stepan is one of the Rangers’ most complete players.
New York AG subpoenas Airbnb in ‘bad actors’ battle
According to a person familiar with the investigation, Schneiderman’s effort stems from a New York state law signed in 2010 that places limits on residents’ ability to rent out their homes to others. Airbnb, which helps people rent out their houses or apartments for a period of time, said last week that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office has been investigating Airbnb for more than a month, a person familiar with the investigation told CNET. The investigation stemmed from complaints by lawmakers and housing advocates. Related stories Tampa is the nicest city in America, says Airbnb The crux of the issue appears to be so-called “bad actors” who find short-term rentals and run amok, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Some of those renters could be sidestepping paying taxes, the person indicated. In addition, the attorney general’s office wants to target those who are renting out multiple units in violation of state law or who are renting out their properties for longer than expressly allowed under the state’s tax laws, a person familiar with the investigation said. A person who is simply trying to rent out their units every now and then — a so-called “casual user” — will not be targeted in the investigation, according to the person. In its statement on the matter, Airbnb said that it agrees that “bad actors” are an issue, and indicated that it believes the attorney general’s office “is only seeking to target an incredibly small number of bad actors who abuse the Airbnb platform.” Despite that cooperation, Airbnb bristled a bit at the subpoena, indicating that the attorney general’s office wants access to all New York-based short-term renters on the company’s service, despite plans to go after those bad actors. Airbnb wants to work with the attorney general to weed out the troublesome renters and keep the rest of its data secure and outside the prying eyes of lawmakers. “We are confident we can reach a solution that protects your personal information and cracks down on people who abuse the system,” Airbnb said today in a statement. The Attorney General’s legal action is just the latest issue Airbnb has faced over the last year . The company has been targeted by governments far and wide over its service, which some say, hurts the hotel business. Airbnb argues that such claims only serve to cater to ” entrenched interests ,” and believes that its service is actually helping the hospitality industry, not hurting it.