Bantering Points: 2/14/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks that in spite of the team’s pending fire sale, the Rangers should avoid shipping away Mats Zuccarello (NY Post)
  • Brooks also compares Mika Zibanejad’s recent goal scoring spree with other notable streaks in franchise history, and catches up on a handful of other tidbits (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that Zibanejad’s emergence as a franchise center should keep him in the fold as one of the Blueshirts’ leaders of the future (WFAN)
  • Colin Stephenson heard from Kevin Hayes as he plays out what appear to be his final days on Broadway (Newsday)
  • Nicholas Zararis believes that that the team’s lack of situational awareness could came back to haunt them down the road if they don’t fix it now (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus cites increased opportunity to showcase trade bait as the reason for David Quinn’s recent usage of eleven forwards and seven defensemen (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions about New York’s lack of secondary scoring, the recent trade rumors with the Calgary Flames, and the Islanders’ unexpected resurgence (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • With the Rangers’ rebuild and the Islanders’ recent dominance over them, some are pondering if the team’s rivalry will ever become what it was in decades past (Battle of NY Hockey)/

Around the NHL:

  • Nicholas Zararis writes that for the league to become as popular as the NFL, MLB, and NBA currently are, the NHL must become more of a players’ league (Blue Line Station)
  • James O’Brien notes that any trade involving forward Jonathan Huberdeau would likely be a bad one for the Florida Panthers (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Travis Yost breaks down why the 31st place Ottawa Senators should be buyers as the trade deadline approaches (TSN)
  • Jared Clinton lists five rookies who have had impactful seasons without generating the headlines that flashier players have (The Hockey News)/