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Bantering Points: 1/23/20

New York Islanders v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Fun Fact: I officially leave for college today! Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks notes that the Blueshirts’ lack of urgency against the Islanders makes dreams of a playoff run hard to imagine (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis points out that Kaapo Kakko received a season high 19:33 in ice time in the team’s final game before the break (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano chatted with Kakko about his first half of North American hockey and his plans for the All-Star break (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett discusses how the Rangers’ record when Artemiy Panarin fails to tally a point tells the tale of how important he is (WFAN)
  • Scott Blair evaluates the organization’s current goaltending situation (The Hockey Writers)
  • Frank Curto highlights how Henrik Lundqvist has taken over a role as a veteran mentor sooner than most would have expected (Elite Sports NY)
  • Curtis Jetter argues that the Rangers should attempt to make a second half payoff push rather than prepare for a fire sale (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Ken Campbell examines how what the cap hits would be for each of the four All-Star teams in St. Louis (The Hockey News)
  • Boko Imama, the AHL forward that had a racial Slur directed at him by Edmonton Oilers’ farmhand Brandon Manning, spoke out in the wake of the incident (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Adam Gretz reports that Gritty has been accused of sucker punching a thirteen year old at a meet and greet with fans back in November (NBC Sports)