Bantering Points: 1/31/20

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks sees David Quinn’s decision to shuffle the defensive pairings as a challenge to Ryan Lindgren (NY Post)
  • Brooks also heard from Henrik Lundqvist about the connection he felt he shared with the late Kobe Bryant (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson relays word that Igor Shesterkin and Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight and tomorrow’s contests against the Detroit Red Wings respectively (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that the upcoming trade deadline represents yet another crossroads in New York’s rebuild (WFAN)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis notes that the Blueshirts can’t afford to follow their heart when it comes to Chris Kreider’s pending free agency (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus suggests that the Rangers are lacking a bit when it comes to trade deadline leverage (Blue Line Station)
  • Scott Blair examines the possibility of Jeff Gorton making a move to acquire Dustin Byfuglien from the Winnipeg Jets (The Hockey Writers)
  • Rick Carpiniello break$ down how the Blue$hirt$ can $till claw their way back to the playoff$ (The Athletic)
  • Ed Stein lists six potential trade partners for Chris Kreider (Empire Writes Back)/

Around the NHL:

  • Erika Towne reports that San Jose Sharks’ forward Tomas Hertl will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee (Fear The Fin)
  • Mark Spector juxtaposes the four year, $12.8 million contract extension Zack Kassian signed with the Edmonton Oilers with some comparables (Sportsnet)
  • Steven Ellis tells us why the Chicago Blackhawks could be the league’s most intriguing teams as the trade deadline draws near (The Hockey News)
  • The league has launched an investigation into allegations of the Arizona Coyotes conducting fitness tests with draft eligible CHL prospects (TSN)/