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Bantering Points: 12/18/20

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Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Mollie Walker hears that Kaapo Kakko is set to resume skating sometime next week in advance of the upcoming season (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett believes that Igor Shesterkin is a legitimate candidate to bring home both the Calder and Vezina trophies (WFAN)
  • Jeff Morris reports that the memorabilia stolen and recovered from the home of Wayne Gretzky’s father has resulted in two arrests (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Larry Brooks opines that for the legacy Washington Capitals’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist left on New York, his recent diagnosis of a heart condition to knock him out of the season is a cruel twist of fate (NY Post)
  • Bryan Stabbe examines who the Capitals could turn to in the hopes of filling Lundqvist’s spot in the crease (Japers Rink)
  • The Florida Panthers agreed to a one year, $1.7 million contract with forward Anthony Duclair (TSN)
  • Chris Johnston reports that due to work issues with the proposed all-Canadian team division, the league could end up playing all of its games in the United States (Sportsnet)
  • Sean Leahy relays word that a back injury has forced St. Louis Blues’ forward Alexander Steen to retire (Yahoo Sports)