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Bantering Points: 1/4/20

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New York Rangers v Vancouver Canucks

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that Adam Fox battled the boos he heard in Calgary and played another strong game against his former team (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson thinks that the Blueshirts’ team defense is their most pressing issue right now (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano hears from Jacob Trouba as he continues growing into the role as his team’s #1 defenseman (LoHud)
  • St. Louis, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Colorado are four potential trade destinations for Chris Kreider, should Jeff Gorton opt to move on from his star winger (Sportsnet)
  • Leen Amin combines the Rangers’ and Islanders’ best players to form an all-decade team for the 2010’s (Elite Sports NY)
  • Alex Shultz sat down with Kaapo Kakko to discuss how his diagnosis as a Type 1 diabetic and celiac affects his diet and gameday routine (GQ)
  • Michael Obernauer heard from Kakko as the Finnish phenom returns to the building he was selected second overall in the 2019 Entry Draft last June (Official Team Site)
  • A bit of housekeeping news: The site’s fifth annual NFL Playoff Bracket Challenge is now open for those of you interested

Around the NHL:

  • Taylor Baird relays word that Dallas Stars’ forward Corey Perry has been suspended five games for elbowing Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis during the 2020 Winter Classic (Defending Big D)
  • Shanna McCarriston saw that Jim Montgomery, the Stars’ former head coach, made his first public comments since being fired, and will be checking into an in-patient facility to overcome his alcohol abuse issues (CBS)
  • Sean Leahy reports that the Montreal Canadiens agreed to a one year, two-way, pro-rated $700,000 contract with forward Ilya Kovalchuk (NBC Sports)
  • Andrew Berkshire ponders whether or not Ottawa Senators’ forward Anthony Duclair can maintain the scoring pace that landed him a spot at the 2020 All-Star Game (Sportsnet)