Bantering Points: 11/12/23

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks suggests that Artemiy Panarin’s torrid start to the season has put him in the early conversations for the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP (NY Post)

Caroline McCarthy relays word that Jonathan Quick is likely to be available for tonight’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets (NY Post)

Vincent Mercogliano heard from Mika Zibanejad, who spoke up in defense of Kaapo Kakko’s slow start to the 2023-24 campaign (LoHud)

Brendan Azoff points to the strong play of the trio of Panarin, Vincent Trocheck, and Alexis Lafreniere as a reason the forward corps has managed without Filip Chytil’s presence in the lineup (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and New Jersey Devils have emerged as interested parties for Calgary Flames’ defenseman Nikita Zadorov in the wake of his recent trade request (TSN)

Ryan Dixon digs into some slow starts out of the league’s top players (Sportsnet)

Brayden Schenn and Pavel Buchnevich both recorded hat tricks as the St. Louis Blues went into Denver and laughed the Colorado Avalanche out of their own building in an 8-2 victory (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)