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Rangers Powerplay; Kreider underwhelming; More Mcdonagh; More mumps; Salary Cap concerns; Prospect news

Bantering Points for Thursday, December 4, 2014.

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Eh. Slow news cycle for Rangers stuff. I even waited a bit to see what might come out this morning. Not much. So I went league-wide. Enjoy your day. Help a stranger. Pet a puppy. Drink a really good cup o' coffee. Call your mom just to say hello.

Analyzing the Rangers' Powerplay. [The Hockey Writers]

Chris Kreider hasn't performed to expectations thus far. [Blueshirt Banter]  [Rant Sports]

Everyone seems to be writing this article lately, but once again, Ryan McDonagh needs to be better, because he is key to the Rangers' success. [NY Daily News]

The Rangers are up against it, cap-wise. Having a few guys sick doesn't help. But really, it isn't so much about the present, and more about the decisions that lie ahead. Here is one take, that I think overvalues Staal even in the present. [NY Post]

The Mumps. Mumps. Enough about the mumps. It seems to be on everyone's mind. The Rangers and Knicks are taking precautions. Teflon Tanner is still recovering.  [NY Daily News]

Prospect news and notes. [Blueshirt Banter]  [Blueshirts United]

Why did the Rangers keep Girardi over Stralman? Well, that wasn't really how it went down as the decisions didn't appear to be one or the other. But this article does a good job comparing the impact of each.  [Blue Seat Blogs]

Pittsburgh Penguins D Robert Bortuzzo was suspended two games by the NHL for his high (and late?) hit on Jaromir Jagr. Thoughts?  [NHL]  [Puck Daddy]

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Tributes and remembrances continue to pour in from the hockey community about Habs great Jean Beliveau. [NHL]  [Newsday]  [NHL]  [NHL]

Don't lose to the Oilers. Sometimes, they are quite competent. Doesn't matter. They have lost 11 straight, including a heartbreaker last night. Their fanbase is hilariously tortured.  [CBC]  [Edmonton Journal]  [The Hockey News]  [NHL]

Martin Brodeur is set to start his first ever NHL game not as a New Jersey Devil. So strange. He will play tonight against the Predators at 8pm est. Worth checking out if you have GCL. [NHL]

Daniel Alfredsson officially announces his retirement from the NHL after 17 seasons. He is a future HOFer and was a great great ambassador of the game.  [TSN]  [Puck Daddy]