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Bantering Points: 12/19/19

Atlanta Thrashers v New York Rangers Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that Kaapo Kakko’s struggles since returning to the lineup are only becoming more and more obvious (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also discusses how the team is enjoying their trio of days off between games Monday and Friday (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that Jacob Trouba has lived up to the hype surrounding his offseason arrival on Broadway (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano heard from Henrik Lundqvist about his lessened workload this season (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that with Taylor Hall officially off the market, Chris Kreider could bring back a premium trade return (WFAN)
  • Frank Curto highlights Adam Fox’s play as the biggest surprise for New York thus far (Elite Sports NY)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis suggests that the Blueshirts should look into acquiring Robby Fabbri from the Detroit Red Wings (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Catalano argues that if Pavel Buchnevich’s struggles continue, the Rangers would be wise to part ways with the young Russian forward (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Dustin Byfuglien has been in contact with the Winnipeg Jets to discuss options to rehab his surgically repaired ankle, although he still remains suspended by the team (TSN)
  • Sonny Sachdeva breaks down how the St Louis Blues have gotten by in spite of Vladimir Tarasenko for the majority of the season (Sportsnet)
  • Adam Gretz relays word that Calgary Flames’ assiatant general manager Chris Snow has been diagnosed with ALS (NBC Sports)