Bantering Points: 1/10/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks relays word that Kevin Hayes should return to the lineup shortly after the bye week (NY Post)
  • Brooks also argues that the team can’t let a hot streak in the coming weeks influence their plans for the trade deadline (NY Post)
  • Zachary Ripple heard that Chris Kreider underwent successful rib resection surgery and will remain out indefinitely (NY Daily News)
  • Sean Hartnett points out that with more than half of the 17-18 season in the books, who the Rangers really are remains a mystery (CBS)
  • Rick Carpiniello offers eight riveting thoughts about New York’s first half of the season (MSG)
  • Becky from BSB previews the two games the Blueshirts will skate in after returning from their bye (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dave Shapiro thinks the time has come to hold Alain Vigneault accountable for his lineup decisions (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zararis breaks down why Jeff Gorton should have claimed defenseman Cody Franson off waivers (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams hands out report cards for Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto comments on what the first half of the season taught us about the Blueshirts (Elite Sports NY)
  • Michael Carroll compares the careers of various Rangers’ to famous music albums (Blueshirts Breakaway)/

Around the NHL:

  • Scott Billeck reports that the New York Islanders could return to the Nassau Coliseum as they wait for their new arena in Belmont to be constructed (NBC Sports)
  • Travis Yost analyzes how the Edmonton Oilers are suffering from a dearth of talented wingers to drive their offense (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Jared Clinton names five teams to keep an eye on as the playoff race heats up in the second half of the season (The Hockey News)
  • Shayna Goldman names five players to keep an eye on as the playoff race heats up in the second half of the season (FanRag)/