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Bantering Points: 2/15/17

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News and notes for Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses how Alain Vigneault must manage Henrik Lundqvist's number of starts down the stretch (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch highlights how Alain Vigneault made mid-game adjustments to help springboard Jimmy Vesey's improved play (NY Daily News)
  • Sean Hartnett points out how Kevin Hayes' "bounce back" season has cemented the towering center as a piece of the Rangers core (CBS)
  • Chris Wengert takes note of a paradigm shift among the Rangers fan base (Elite Sports NY)
  • Brandon Cohen argues that Jeff Gorton can't afford to make moves motivated mainly by the upcoming expansion draft (Blue Line Station)
  • Alexandra Russo lists five reasons the New York Rangers can bring home the Stanley Cup (Blue Line Station)
  • Drew McCaffrey breaks down the mismanagement of some of the team's skilled defenseman in recent memory, including Michael Del Zotto and Keith Yandle (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia chatted with Michael Grabner about how the Austrian forward has had a successful first season as a Ranger (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Scott Matly (HEOTP) and Jake Reiser (SCOC) both relayed news of the Montreal Canadiens' firing of Michel Therrien and subsequent hiring of Claude Julien (Habs Eyes on the Prize and Stanley Cup of Chowder)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 30 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Matt Larkin lists the top 30 trade candidates ahead of this month's trade deadline (The Hockey News)
  • Cam Tucker reports that Anaheim Ducks forward and Blueshirt Banter alumnus Antoine Vermette was ejected for physical abuse of an official in last night's game between the Ducks and the Minnesota Wild (NBC Sports)
  • Jen Neale passes along word that Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader will be calling an entire five game homestand for Dallas as he continues his fight against bile duct cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Strader and his family as he fights the good fight (Puck Daddy)