Bantering Points: 2/16/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 6, BUF 2 (4:34 video via
  • Game Recap: Filip Chytil finally spending a night in the press box resulted in one of the Rangers’ most complete games of the season (CBS)
  • Colin Stephenson went around the locker room and heard from various members of the team about their thoughts heading into the trade deadline (Newsday)
  • Stephenson also noted that in spite of having a career year, Mika Zibanejad isn’t satisfied with his overall performance (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro offers his musings in the final days before Fire Sale II (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Steve Paulus ponders if Jimmy Vesey deserves the bad rap he’s seemingly acquired over the last two seasons (Blue Line Station)
  • John Barone makes the argument for naming Mika Zibanejad the 28th captain in franchise history (Blue Line Station)
  • Jason Bisnoff discusses how the Blueshirts have quickly emerged from their tear down and are back within shouting distance of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Elite Sports NY)
  • Postgame Notes: For the first time since April 19, 2013, the Rangers have five different skaters find the back of the net in a single game (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Steven E. Smith relays word that should the New York Islanders qualify for the playoffs, they’ll be splitting their home games between Uniondale’s Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Colosseum and Brooklyn’s Barclays’ Center (Lighthouse Hockey)
  • Joey Alfieri takes a look at the Vegas Golden Knight’s options as they enter their second trade deadline in franchise history (NBC Sports)
  • Dave Zarum interviewed Jay Sharrers about how his move from Jamaica to Canada and his nearly 30 years as an NHL official have helped shape who he is today (Sportsnet)
  • Frank Seravalli reports that the Philadelphia Flyers trading away forward Wayne Simmonds prior to the deadline appears all but certain (TSN)
  • Sam McCaig lists one stat every team leads the league in (The Hockey News)/