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Bantering Points: 10/17/19

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New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Mollie Walker details the changes David Quinn has made to his squad’s lines ahead of tonight’s game in Newark (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson sees that by staying late after practice, Kaapo Kakko is already showing why the Blueshirts used their 2nd overall selection on him this past June (Newsday)
  • Alec Gearty heard what Henrik Lundqvist had to say about his team’s unusual early season schedule (WFAN)
  • Anthony Tornatore Jr. reminisces on some memorable first Rangers’ goals (Blue Line Station)
  • Rachel Nones previews the New York Islanders and what a possible rivalry re-ignition could do for the Rangers (Blue Line Station)
  • In spite of arriving in the NHL to a wave of hype and fanfare, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko have struggled to make an impact early in their careers (The Hockey Writers)
  • Justin Bonhard argues that Artemi Panarin has been worth every penny, all 8,149,400,000 of them (The Hockey Writers)
  • Media Availability: Brady Skjei (0:46) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Joey Alfieri ponders if the Buffalo Sabres’ hot start to the 2019-20 campaign has signaled their return to prominence (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Andrew Foote does a deep dive into the Ottawa Senators and their tumbling attendance figures in the wake of Eugene Melnyk’s rise (CBC)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets’ head coach John Tortorella had a skin cancer growth removed from his forehead (TSN)
  • Abbey Mastracco reports that New Jersey Devils’ assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald will be moving behind the bench to help John Hynes (North Jersey)