Bantering Points: 12/5/23

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks notes that even as some residents of Rangerstown may have concerns over how the season will end based on past precedent, it’s important to enjoy the success the Blueshirts are having in the early portion of the season (NY Post)

Brooks also reports that Paul Mara has shifted froma general organizational assistance role to behind AHL Hartford’s bench to help coach defense (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson discusses Vincent Trocheck’s strength in the faceoff circle and how he’s emerged as one of New York’s top options (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano goes in-depth on the bond that has formed between Benoit Allaire and his latest successful project, Jonathan Quick (LoHud)

Around the NHL:

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to a three year, $12 million contract extension with forward Nino Niederreiter (TSN)

The International Ice Hockey Federation will require neck guards to be worn by participating players in all IIHF-sanctioned events, most notably the Olympics and World Championships (NBC Sports)

Eric Engels relays word concerning the latest league Board of Governors meetings, with a 2024-25 salary cap projection of $87.7 million being the most notable point (Sportsnet)