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Bantering Points: 12/11/16

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News and Notes for Sunday, December 11th, 2016

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For the first time this season, the Rangers will welcome the New Jersey Devils into Madison Square Garden tonight as they try to extend their winning streak to three games. With Antti Raanta coming off two strong performances in a row, Alain Vigneault may decide to give him another start in front of the Garden faithful. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis is skeptical that the recent goalie swap made by New York has helped them return to their winning ways (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch believes that with their hot start already in the books, it's not to soon for the Ranges to be looking towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay previews tonight's meeting between the Rangers and Devils (Newsday)
  • Timothy Haggerty points out how Mats Zuccarello has provided great value relative to his cap hit since the Rangers gave him a contract extension (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams thinks that the time is now or never for Nicklas Jensen to prove himself as a legitimate NHL player (Blue Line Station)
  • Joseph Nocco reports that New York has placed veteran Center Josh Jooris on waivers, likely ending his tenure as a Ranger after twelve games (Fanrag Sports)
  • Anthony Scultore speculates that Jeff Gorton may look to trade Derek Stepan before his no-movement clause begins on July 1st (Full Tilt Rangers)
  • He spent parts of ten seasons on Broadway, and was one half of the best goaltending duo in team history before being selected in the 1993 Expansion Draft. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....John Vanbiesbrouck (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy reveals the Philadelphia Flyers' 2017 Stadium Series uniforms (Puck Daddy)
  • Daniel Goffenberg details how the NHL is looking at the possibility of an (expansive) international schedule in the coming years (Sportsnet)
  • Dhiren Mahiban passes along sad news that AHL Hall Of Famer Bill Dineen passed away at age 84 yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dineen family as they move forward without Bill (The Hockey News)