Bantering Points: 1/12/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Colin Stephenson notes that even with the team’s playoff hopes fading, the Rangers have done well to carry themselves professionally (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that Rick Nash should be remembered as one of the nest players for a great era of Rangers’ hockey, rather than “soft” or a “choker” (WFAN)
  • Frank Curto argues that Neal Pionk’s shoddy play as of late should land him a seat in the press box (Elite Sports NY)
  • Justin Rutherford offers his thoughts on the state of the Blueshirts (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Danny Jones ponders if dealing away Jesper Fast could make sense for the team as the trade deadline approaches (Blue Line Station)/

Around the NHL:

  • The league will unveil their progress in puck and player tracking later this month, as they’ll put their work into action at the All-Star game in San Jose (NBC Sports)
  • Frank Seravalli reminisces on 31 pre-season predictions to see how they’ve turned out thus far (TSN)
  • Andrew Berkshire examines how Dougie Hamilton has performed in his first season in Carolina as trade rumors are swirling around him once again (Sportsnet)
  • Matt Lucas and Brandon Cain relayed word that the Chicago Blackhawks swapped defenseman and late round picks with the Tampa Bay Lightning, sending Jan Rutta and a 2019 7th round selection to Tampa in exchange for Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 5th round selection (Second City Hockey)/