Bantering Points: 1/20/17

News and notes for Friday, January 20th, 2017

The New York Rangers got back in the win column for the first time in nearly two weeks last night, blowing away the Toronto Maple Leafs by a margin of 5-2. After a dominant performance on the road, the Rangers will look to use last night's effort as the start of a new chapter in their season, just as many people around them begin a new chapter in their lives today. Anyway, here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights, NYR 5, TOR 2 (4:23 video via
  • Game Recap: Michael Grabner scored two goals in his return to the Air Canada Centre to power New York past his former team (CBS)
  • Sean Hartnett relays word from Kevin Klein that despite a reduced role this season, the veteran defenseman is keeping his head held high (CBS)
  • Brett Cyrgalis hears from Matt Puempel that the Rangers' forward should be back in action soon (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay thinks that the Grabner made the Maple Leafs regret not resigning him after his two goal performance, while also offering an update on Marc Staal (Newsday)
  • Donavan Burns discusses how New York's explosive offense is masking their shaky defense (The Hockey Writers)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts on last night's 5-2 victory in Toronto (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Dave Sahpiro examines when the time will be right for the Rangers to bolster their defensive depth (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • The Blue Line Station staff debates who the most valuable New York Ranger is (Blue Line Station)
  • Drew McCaffrey argues that New York's return to full health will help solve some of their defensive woes (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: For the second game in a row, the Rangers set a season high in shots on goal, peppering the Maple Leafs with 41 shots on net (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Alain Vigneault,(3:40) Dan Girardi,(1:35) Henrik Lundqvist,(3:27) Michael Grabner, (4:01) and (1:12), and J.T. Miller (1:19)
  • He appeared in 18 game on Broadway as a rookie, was dealt to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade, and should be used as a learning experience that not all young defenseman with the tools and hype surrounding them coming up go on to become capable NHL players. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Tim Erixon (Wikipedia)/

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 30 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • As of February 4th, all NHL goaltenders will be required to shift over to the new slimmer, league mandated goalie pants (In Goal Magazine)
  • Josh Cooper sees that the American Hockey League's San Diego Gulls will do what they can to try and fill the void left by the NFL's Chargers (Puck Daddy)
  • Dana Barker reports that after the Southern Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths' team bus fell of a highway ramp yesterday, and two of the occupants were kept in the hospital overnight (Ledger Enquirer)
  • James O'Brien saw that the Arizona Coyotes demoted former Rangers forward Anthony Duclair to the AHL's Tuscon Roadrunners (NBC Sports)
  • Ryan Kennedy gives his suggestions for how the NHL should change the All-Star Skills Competition (The Hockey News)/

Do you know who the Ranger in the picture is?