Bantering Points: 1/31/17

News and notes for Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

For the first time in nearly a week, the Rangers are back in action tonight, as they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets later today at Madison Square Garden. After enjoying couple of days away from the game to rest and recharge, look for New York to come out of the break flying, as they begin the stretch run of the season. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • Greg Wyshynski reports that this year's All-Star festivities in Los Angeles saw an uptick in ratings compared to last season's affair in Nashville (Puck Daddy)
  • Ken Campbell writes that the new mandatory goalie pants were a mixed bag at All-Star Weekend (The Hockey News)
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen were named the NHL's Three Stars of the Week (Sportsnet)
  • The New York Islanders had a very busy day yesterday, as it was announced that they would be getting kicked out of the Barclays enter by the end of the 2018-2019 season, and the team later agreed to a three year contract extension with starting goaltender Thomas Greiss (Lighthouse Hockey)/