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Bantering Points: 10/6/19

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New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 4, OTT 1 (5:04 video via
  • Game Recap: Mika Zibanejad’s hat trick and the top line’s continued dominance propelled New York past Ottawa (NY Daily News)
  • Larry Brooks notes that three former Rangers that formed the heart and soul of the John Tortorella are out of commission to start the season (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that David Quinn plans on utilizing Brendan Smith forward/defenseman hybrid as long as it helps the team (Newsday)
  • Todd Milewski reports that defensive prospect K’Andre Miller has been suspended from the Wisconsin Badgers for violating team rules (Kenosha News)
  • Michael Delasandro examines the Blueshirts’ goaltending situation as it currently stands (Blue Line Station)
  • Justin Bonhard offers his two cents on how the Rangers should split starts in net (The Hockey Writers)
  • Mitch Brown u$e$ video analy$i$ to dive into what make$ Vitali Kravt$ov $o dynamic (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

  • Former Ottawa Senators’ defenseman Chris Phillips, a veteran of over 1,100 NHL games, will have his #4 retired by the club on February 18th, 2020 (TSN)
  • In spite of starting the season without a contract, free agent forward Patrick Marleau plans on playing in the NHL at some point during the 2019-20 campaign (Sportsnet)
  • David Minuk relays word that the Winnipeg Jets aren’t expecting to hear from Dustin Byfuglien regarding his NHL future anytime soon (Illegal Curve)