Bantering Points: 12/31/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis saw that Filip Chytil is set to sit as a healthy scratch and watch the likes of Cody McLeod and Ryan Strome from the comforts of the press box (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes that Kevin Shattenkirk is set to return to the lineup tonight against the St. Louis Blues (NY Post)
  • Michael Delasandro examines what the Rangers need to do to avoid missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus previewed tonight’s game against the Blues (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also discussed why the World Junior Championships could be depressing for Blueshirts’ fans (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro delivers an update New York’s prospects participating in the WJC (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • The BSB Staff offered their Rangers Resolutions for 2019 (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Frank Curto reminisces on the top five stories from the past year (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dominick Renna names four players who could benefit from leaving 2018 in the rear view mirror (Elite Sports NY)
  • Thomas Conroy believes that an effective power play would go a long way towards helping the Rangers’ offensive struggles (The Hockey Writers)
  • Igor Eronko chatted with Vitali Kravtsov about his thoughts on the team and his NHL ambitions (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Joey Alfieri lists eleven NHL personnel that could use a fresh start heading into 2019 (NBC Sports)
  • The NHLPA released a statement defending Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn after the superstar duo from Dallas was blasted by their team’s own CEO (Sportsnet)
  • The Edmonton Oilers made two trades yesterday, trading away Drake Caggiula, Jason Garrison, and Chris Wideman, and a 2019 3rd Round selection to Chicago and Florida, and received Brandon Manning, Robin Norell, and Alex Petrovic in return (Copper’N’Blue)/