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Bantering Points: 12/11/19

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New York Rangers v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: LAK 3, NYR 1 (5:00 video via NHL.com)
  • Dan Greenspan recaps yet another Rangers’ defeat in the Staples Center (NY Daily News)
  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that whether Ryan Strome plays on the wing or at center, his performance (and trade value) just keep going up (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also ponders if Henrik Lundqvist’s recent play could relegate him into more of a traditional backup role (NY Post)
  • Evan Romano and Ted Stafford sat down with Lundqvist to discuss his gameday routine (Men’s Health)
  • Colin Stephenson hears that in spite of being less than halfway through the season, a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a topic on plenty of people’s minds around the organization (Newsday)
  • Curtis Jetter questions the virtues of daydreaming about the playoffs vs maintaining the course and continuing the rebuild the “right” way (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Castro pinpoints speed and physicality as two focal points of New York’s defense corps (The Hockey Writers)
  • Dylan Spilko argues that it would be best for the Blueshirts to be sellers at the trade deadline (The Hockey Writers)
  • Rick Carpiniello believe$ that for all of the team’$ incon$istencie$, the only thing con$i$tent with them i$ their in$ipid mediocrity (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

  • Taylor Baird reports that the Dallas Stars fired head coach Jim Montgomery for unspecified “unprofessional conduct” (Defending Big D)
  • Frank Seravalli relays word from Toronto Maple Leafs’ President of Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan concerning the Mike Babcock incidents involving Mitch Marner and Johan Franzen (TSN)
  • Chris Johnston hears that after plans for a World Cup of Hockey in 2021 fell through, the league has set its sights on a full blown WCoH later in the 2020’s (Sportsnet)
  • Ryan Kennedy examines some of the snubs and surprises from Team USA’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships (The Hockey News)