Bantering Points: 2/17/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that the long grind of Filip Chytil’s first full NHL season has played a part in his recent stint as a healthy scratch (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also relays word that Alexandar Georgiev will start against the Penguins this afternoon, and catches up on various other tidbits (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson hears that Brady Skjei will be a game-time decision for today’s game (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro offers his thoughts on the rumors of the Rangers looking to keep Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello in the fold beyond the trade deadline (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Ed Stein lists three potential landing spots for Hayes if the Blueshirts decide to move on from him (Empire Writes Back)
  • Nicholas Zararis delivers a meaningful update on Igor Shestyorkin’s future in the KHL (Blue Line Station)
  • Zararis also details why a sellers market could be detrimental to the Rangers’ rebuild (Blue Line Station)
  • Lastly, Zararis highlights how the team could be using local media outlets as public mouthpieces in negotiations (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto addresses how the Ottawa Senators are playing a key role in Jeff Gorton’s decision with Kevin Hayes (Elite Sports NY)
  • Justin Bonhard argues that Alexandar Georgiev should see plenty of action in net as the Blueshirts play out the stretch run (Elite Sports NY)
  • Michael Obernauer previews today’s matinee against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena (Official Team Site)
  • Pregame Notes: Former Penguins’ farmhand Connor Brickley will have a chance for revenge against his former franchise (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Adam Gretz saw that as the Carolina Hurricanes keep winning, their post-game celebrations have drawn the ire of noted hockey savant Don Cherry (NBC Sports)
  • The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Ryan Spooner from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Sam Gagner (TSN)
  • Matt Larkin breaks down how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s dominance over the rest of the league could cost Nikita Kucherov a fair chance at the league MVP award (The Hockey News)/