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Bantering Points: 12/5/18

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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks argues that the Rangers plans for their five days between games speaks volumes about their new direction (NY Post)
  • Brooks also speculates that Pavel Buchnevich’s unexpected return to the practice rink could mean a return to the lineup in the near future (NY Post)
  • Lastly, Brooks offers his musing on how expansion to Seattle with affect the Rangers, tony DeAngelo’s shift to the left side, and more (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that New York and full attendance at their practice for the first time in a long time yesterday (Newsday)
  • Frank Curto discusses how painful losses like Monday night’s against the Winnipeg Jets are just part of the rebuilding process (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dave Shapiro gives his take on how the 2021 expansion draft will be a pain for the Rangers to navigate (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • The expansion draft was on plenty of people’s minds yesterday, as Steve Paulus wrote about his thoughts on it as well (Blue Line Station)
  • Sam Prevot examines what David Quinn’s best defensive pairings could be (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis breaks down how lucky the Rangers have been as of late (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Doug Mellon reports that the NHL’s Board of Governor unanimously voted to approve a 32nd franchise to be based in Seattle, set to begin play in the 2021-22 campaign (Sonics Rising)
  • With Seattle’s addition as the 32nd team being the end of NHL expansion for the forseeable future, here’s a trip down memory lane of expansion teams past (TSN)
  • Rose Ford addresses the problems with the Arizona Coyotes’ eventual move to the Central division to make way for Seattle (Five For Howling)
  • Emily Sadler saw that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was victimized by a blindside hit that resulted in Vegas Golden Knights’ forward Ryan Reaves’ ejection (Sportsnet)