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Bantering Points: 1/17/19

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NHL: New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks suggests that Kevin Shattenkirk’s return to form could mean an accelerated exit off Broadway (NY Post)
  • Brooks also heard that the team won’t rush Kevin Hayes back into action, and also updated Mats Zuccarello’s status (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett believes that Tuesday night’s effort from Tony DeAngelo could be the one that jump starts his Rangers’ career (WFAN)
  • Dominick Renna argues that New York’s poor defensive play shouldn’t be blamed on David Quinn (Elite Sports NY)
  • Renna also heard that a two goal performance from Pavel Buchnevich against Carolina wasn’t enough for coach Quinn to move him up from the team’s 4th line (Elite Sports NY)
  • Steve Paulus examines the importance of a bottom-3 standings finish for the Rangers this season (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Scott Billeck reports that the NHL and its Player’s Association have come to an agreement regarding the lack of a scheduled World Cup of Hockey in 2020 (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authored another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has asked the team to seek out a new home for him if they don’t intend on making him a part of their future and giving him regular ice time (TSN)
  • John Broadbent relays word that the Anaheim Ducks have finally made a move in the midst of their 12 game losing streak, as they shipped forward Pontus Aberg to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Justin Kloos (Anaheim Calling)
  • Matt Larkin lists 30 players to keep an eye on as the trade deadline draws closer (The Hockey News)
  • Pete Blackburn tells the tale of how former Ranger and NHL All-Star John Scott nearly drowned while skating in the backyard of his Traverse City home (CBS)