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Bantering Points: 1/10/19

NHL: New York Islanders at New York Rangers Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses how the looming trade deadline is the 800 lb gorilla in the Rangers’ locker room (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes that tonight’s matchup with the Islanders represents a different kind of game than the ones the two teams played earlier in the season (NY Post)
  • Lastly, Cyrgalis acknowledges the issues preventing Tony DeAngelo from nailing down a regular spot on New York’s blue line (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson hears that even after coming away from their recent road trip with zero points and a -12 goal differential, the Rangers are positive heading into tonight’s game (Newsday)
  • Frank Curto argues that there aren’t any silver linings to take away from losing (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions about the trade deadline, Freddy Claesson’s place on the team, and more (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zararis believes that the time has come to stick a fork in the Blueshirts’ season (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Gary Bettmann announces that within their first seven years in the league, the Seattle NHL franchise will host the Entry Draft, as well as an All-Star game (TSN)
  • James O’Brien noticed that a Columbus billboard offering Artemi Panarin free vodka for life for re-signing in Columbus caught the eye of Panarin (NBC Sports)