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Bantering Points: 12/22/18

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks hears that the team is excited at the prospect of welcoming Cody McLeod back into the lineup in the near future (NY Post)
  • Greg Joyce went around the room to hear from Henrik Lundqvist regarding John Tavares, Kevin Hayes’ mindset, and more (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that lackluster special teams have led to more time on the practice ice for New York’s units (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro ponders the possibility of a sign-and-trade with Kevin Hayes (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Steve Paulus examines Gordie Clark’s role in the Rangers’ current state and the merits of keeping him moving forward (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis argues that patience is they key concerning Lias Andersson (Blue Line Station)
  • Pasi Tuominen chatted with 2016 4th round selection Tarmo Reunanen about his play as of late, his future in the Blueshirts’ organization, and more (Official Team Site)
  • Michael Obernauer previews tonight’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Joey Alfieri discusses how recalling top goaltending prospect Carter Hart to the NHL has helped turn the Philadelphia Flyers’ fortunes around (NBC Sports)
  • Andrew Berkshire breaks down why Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson has a legitimate case to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP (Sportsnet)
  • While the World Junior Championships will feature plenty of the most talented under-20 players in the world, some of the best U-20’s will be busy playing in the NHL to participate (TSN)