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Bantering Points: 1/7/19

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NHL: New York Rangers at Arizona Coyotes Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: ARI 5, NYR 0 (4:09 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Another game, another blowout loss as the Rangers “improved” their goal differential to +3/-18 over their last three contests (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks writes that Kevin Hayes’ injury is near the bottom of the list of things the Rangers could have hoped for (NY Post)
  • Brooks also believes that the time has come for Jeff Gorton to ship Mats Zuccarello out of town (NY Post)
  • Frank Curto argues that the NHL’s 3-on-3 format for the All-Star Game has turned it into a joke (Elite Sports NY)
  • Pat Keogh offers up a handful of tactical changes to accelerate New York’s tank job (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zarais details how the Blueshirts’ continual reliance on Henrik Lundqvist has been an ongoing problem (Blue Line Station)
  • Mollie Walker examines the first half season of Daivd Quinn’s tenure behind the Rangers’ bench (The Hockey Writers)
  • Postgame Notes: In spite of Derek Stepan’s cumbersome No-Movement Clause, the Coyotes were able to skater circles around the Rangers for a full 60:00 (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn,(1:07) Chris Kreider,(1:22) and Marc Staal (1:28) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • In the midst of another disappointing season, the Ottawa Senators have shelved contract negotiations with pending UFA forward Matt Duchene for the time being (Sportsnet)
  • Nikita Scherbak (F, LAK), Chris Wideman, (D, FLA) and Jordan Schmaltz (D, STL) were all placed on waivers yesterday (TSN)
  • Gavin Lee reports that the Carolina Hurricanes are open to trading defenseman Dougie Hamilton, barely half a season into his Hurricanes’ career (Yard Barker)