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Bantering Points: 1/15/20

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks argues in favor of keeping Chris Kreider in the fold beyond this season (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses Alexandar Georgiev’s role in the Blueshirts’ current goaltending dilemma (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also heard from Ryan Strome about being on both sides of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson relays word that after Georgiev’s strong effort on Monday, he might be slated for his second consecutive start against the Islanders (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that Artemiy Panarin’s debut season on Broadway has been one for the ages (WFAN)
  • Jared Clinton argues that although Panarin is unlikely to win the Hart Trophy, he should at least have a place in the conversation (The Hockey News)
  • Reminiscing on July 1, 1997, the day the Dark Ages officially began (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steve Paulus delivers an update on the organization’s NCAA-based prospects, including K’Andre Miller, Morgan Barron, and more (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also notes how a dominant win over the Islanders has changed the entire narrative surrounding the Blueshirts (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau made a critical error filling out his lineup card prior to last night’s contest in Pittsburgh, and was forced to dress 13 forwards and five defenseman as a result (TSN)
  • Rory Boylen lists 20 of the top names that’ll find themselves on the rumor mill as the trade deadline approaches (Sportsnet)
  • James O’Brien reports that Nico Hischier has been named as Kyle Palmieri’s replacement at the 2020 All-Star Game (NBC Sports)
  • Christopher Gordon saw that the Washington Capitals agreed to a five year, $46 million contract extension with forward Nicklas Backstrom (Japers Rink)