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Bantering Points: 9/15/17

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News and notes for Friday, September 15th, 2017

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With on-ice testing beginning for the Rangers today, Bantering Points has made it long-awaited return. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis relays word from Alain Vigneault about his expectations for the upcoming season and the team's current window (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay lists five issues the Rangers must address before the start of the regular season (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett has his own set of questions that the team needs to answer before welcoming the Colorado Avalanche to town on October 5th (CBS)
  • Justin Tasch reports that J.T. Miller is likely to find himself spending a lot of time down the middle during training camp, and potentially into the future (NY Daily News)
  • Tasch also heard that Marc Staal will have to fight for ice time for the first time in his professional career (NY Daily News)
  • Christian Nehls highlights the Blueshirts' lack of center depth as a major question mark ahead of the pre-season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Josh Lipman previews how Tony DeAngelo can become an effective weapon on New York's blue line in his first full NHL season (Blue Line Station)
  • Jack Milewski takes a sneak peak at how Jesper Fast should perform after signing his three year extension (Blue Line Station)
  • Adam Gretz noticed Rick Nash earlier this week discussing his expectations for the 17-18 season (FanRag)
  • Chris Studley argues that Tony DeAngelo will need to make an immediate impact on the Rangers' blue line for the team to succeed (Elite Sports NY)
  • Alain Vigneault held his first press conference of the season on the first day of camp (27:38 Video via Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authored the inaugural edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Justin Cuthbert details how the Boston Bruins managed to strike gold by agreeing to a six year, $40 Million contract with forward David Pastrnak (Puck Daddy)
  • Cam Tucker saw that the Los Angeles Kings will be hosting tryouts to find an emergency goalie for the organization (NBC Sports)
  • Travis Yost dives into the randomness of the NHL standings and highlights its impact (TSN)
  • Jared Clinton reports that Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur failed his physical ahead of training camp and is unlikely to suit up this season (The Hockey News)