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Bantering Points: 1/19/17

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News and noes for Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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After taking a day to regroup since getting bamboozled by the Dallas Stars two nights ago, the Rangers are back in action tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto earned the first victory of the season series last Friday with a win at Madison Square Garden, so look for the Rangers to settle the score and steal two points at the Air Canada Centre. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks discusses how New York is having a goalie controversy for the first time in eleven years (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis wonders what the Rangers can do about their franchise icon's rough stretch of play (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay previews tonight's meeting with the Maple Leafs (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch believes that Henrik Lundqvist needs some help from his defenseman in order to break out of his slump (NY Daily News)
  • Jess Rubenstein delivers another prospect update, with bits on Brad Morrison, Ryan Gropp, Gabriel Fontaine, and more (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Kevin Baumer identifies Arizona Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone as a possible trade target for Jeff Gorton to acquire (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Garrett Gartino examines Kevin Hayes' place among the 2014-15 rookie class of players (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams argues that Alain Vigneault should be on the hot seat due to the team's recent performances (Blue Line Station)
  • Williams also listed a handful of things better than New York's defense (Blue Line Station)
  • He played in a whopping 1 game for the Rangers, and was last seen playing in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in Austria. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Brendan Bell (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • Kenyon Clevenger takes note of how the Metropolitan Division has become the league's most competitive division this season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Jen Neale reports that Flordia Panthers owner and Secretary of the Army nominee Vincent Viola is alleged to have punched a concession worker at a horse auction in August (Puck Daddy)
  • Dom Jr. Galamini has updated the HERO charts and posted them back on his site (Own The Puck)
  • James O'Brien relays word from Bob McKenzie that the St. Louis Blues are open to the idea of moving defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk before February 28th's trade deadline (NBC Sports)
  • The staff of Sportsnet did a re-draft of the 2003 NHL Draft to see who could come out as the #1 selection (Sportsnet)
  • Sean McIndoe lists five players emerging as candidates for the Selke Trophy (The Hockey News)