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Bantering Points: 12/18/19

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Henrik Lundqvist at the 2000 NHL Draft Photo by Diane Sobolewski/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks argues that David Quinn’s decision to bump Kaapo Kakko down to the 4th line was the correct one (NY Post)
  • Brooks also hopes that Quinn’s response to Monday night’s fiasco is something other than inserting Micheal Haley into the lineup (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that in the midst of Kakko’s slump, the Rangers aren’t giving much opportunity to bust out of it (WFAN)
  • Vincent Mercogliano answers questions concerning Kakko’s struggles, Adam Fox’s emergence, and more (LoHud)
  • Colin Stephenson ponders whether or not these young Blueshirts will even manage to sniff a playoff spot as the stretch run gets underway (Newsday)
  • Tom Albano names the franchise’s All-2010’s team (The Hockey Writers)
  • Frank Curto suggests that the Devils decision to move on from Taylor Hall bears some similarity to New York’s current situation with Chris Kreider (Elite Sports NY)
  • Steve Paulus breaks down the Blueshirts’ offensive production and where it stems from (Blue Line Station)
  • Vitali Kravtsov was notched an assist in his return to Hartford, but Igor Shesterkin conceded five goals on 22 shots as the Hartford Wolfpack fell to the Charlotte Checkers by a 6-3 margin (Official Team Site)
  • Uffe Bodin chatted with Nils Lundkvist to hear about his SHL season to date, his preparations for the World Junior Championships, and more (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Ilya Kovalchuk cleared unconditional waivers, and is now a free agent expected to re-sign with another NHL team (TSN)
  • Mark Spector views the Arizona Coyotes’ acquisition of Taylor Hall as a critical litmus test for the desert as a hockey market (Sportsnet)
  • James O’Brien relays word that Joshua Ho-Sang is set to report to the New York Islanders’ affiliate in Bridgeport after missing the first ten weeks of the 2019-20 campaign (NBC Sports)
  • Ted Kulfan reports that Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Danny DeKeyser is set to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing back surgery (Detroit News)