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Bantering Points: 12/12/19

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New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Remember that time the Rangers recognized that Jarret Stoll was washed and didn’t belong in the NHL, so they waived him and plucked Daniel Paille straight out of the AHL from Rockford? I try to forget, but I can’t. Anyway, here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis notes how Henrik Lundqvist’s most recent loss at the Staples Center sparks memories of his team’s painful defeat in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also heard from Jeff Gorton about Kaapo Kakko’s transition from playing professionally in Finland to the NHL (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson discusses how as the season rolls along, David Quinn’s squad continues to alternate between wins and losses (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that in spite of their solid start, the Blueshirts are a long way from thinking about returning to the playoffs (WFAN)
  • Vincent Mercogliano attempts to diagnose New York’s inconsistency issues (LoHud)
  • Bryce Grundy recaps the Hartford Wolfpack’s 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Devils (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Sie Morely reports that San Jose Sharks have shaken up their entire coaching staff, with Pete DeBoer out as head coach and being replaced by Bob Boughner (Fear The Fin)
  • Adam Gretz goes in-depth on the historic season Washington Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson is currently on pace for (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Frank Seravalli believes that in spite of the stories that have emerged and the fallout from those stories, hockey’s questionable culture can’t and won’t change overnight (TSN)
  • Ken Campbell calls out the league’s handling of international affairs under Gary Betmann’s stead (The Hockey News)