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Bantering Points: 1/7/21

Canada v United States: Gold Medal Game - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks reports that the Blueshirts have been in contact with Brian Boyle about a possible return to the team (NY Post)
  • Brooks also relays word that in spite of missing three consecutive practices, Mika Zibanejad is expected to be ready for the season opener (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that while Tony DeAngelo’s move to the left may come as a shock to some, it wasn’t surprising to DeAngelo (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano wonders whether or not David Quinn’s squad is gritty enough to take the next step in their rebuild (LoHud)
  • Mercogliano also offered his observations from yesterday’s on-ice activities (LoHud)
  • Scott Blair reminisces on the most impactful trades in franchise history (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • James O’Brien hears that in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, the Florida Panthers have a plan in place that will allow their roughly average sized crowd to continue attending games this season (NBC Sports)
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to a five year, $27 million contract with forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (Jackets Cannon)
  • The Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket, will be playing home games in the Bell Centre in Montreal during the upcoming season (Sportsnet)
  • Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask discussed the circumstances that led him to to exit the league’s playoff bubble in the middle of his team’s first round series this past summer (TSN)