Bantering Points: 1/31/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis relays word that the knee sprain Brett Howden suffered could keep him out of action for the foreseeable future (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes that the Rangers are hoping that the return of Mats Zuccarello and Pavel Buchnevich to the lineup will provide an offensive spark to the team (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that Buchnevich is looking to regain David Quinn’s favor after spending Tuesday night’s game in the press box (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that the time for Buchnevich to prove himself as a meaningful part of New York’s future is running out (WFAN)
  • Pat Keogh hands out report cards for the Blueshirts’ top six forwards (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zararis examines how Artemi Panarin’s decision not to negotiate a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets until the offseason affects the Rangers (Blue Line Station)
  • Zararis also ponders what Brett Howden’s injury means for the team going forward (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Albano believes that Ryan Lindgren will eventually make his way back onto New York’s roster (The Hockey Writers)
  • Jessica Corbett chatted with Nico Gross about his journey to being drafted, his time with Switzerland’s WJC team, and more (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • James O’Brien details why Patrik Laine’s scoring woes aren’t the only thing the Winnipeg Jets should be worried about (NBC Sports)
  • The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for prospect Michael Kapla (TSN)
  • Matt Larkin lists five teams that could be in the market for Artemi Panarin if the Blue Jackets elect to move him prior to the trade deadline (The Hockey News)/