Bantering Points: 2/2/17

News and notes for Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

The New York Rangers find themselves in Buffalo tonight, where they'll head into the KeyBank Center to take on Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres. After losing the first two meetings against their in-state rivals, the Rangers will look to salvage the season series and avoid being swept in the final matchup tonight. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Zach Braziller notes that Alain Vigneault has elected to keep the makeshift lines he created during Tuesday night's game in tact going forward (NY Post)
  • Neil Best reports customers with MSG Go will be able to stream Rangers, Devils, Sabres, and Islanders games to their devices after signing a deal for streaming rights (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch discusses how New York has let manageable deficits turn into insurmountable ones too many times this season (NY Daily News)
  • Sean Hartnett believes the time has come for Adam Clendening to get a long look on the Rangers' blue line (CBS)
  • Game Preview: New York looks to avoid getting swept against one of the league's annual cellar dwellers (CBS)
  • Dave Shapiro thinks that no in-season addition will drastically change who the Rangers are (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Josh Khalfin argues that New York would be wise to stand pat and not waste assets for rental players at the trade deadline (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Kevin Baumer suggests Cody Franson as a player for New York to spend assets on at the trade deadline (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brancon Cohen offers five thoughts on the Rangers through fifty games (Blue Line Station)
  • Timothy Haggerty concludes his list of the top 10 Rangers since 2004 (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia delivers another prospect update, with bits on Ty Ronning, Igor Shesterkin, and more (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Josh Cooper sat down with Vegas Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz to discuss the team right now, how an NFL team in the Sin City could affect the Golden Knights, and more (Puck Daddy)
  • James O'Brien hears that teams around the league may be cautious to make any big splashes during this month in order to avoid shaking up team chemistry (NBC Sports)
  • Gary Lawless writes about how despite getting fired by the St. Louis Blues, Ken Hitchcock would still be a smart hire for any hockey team (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 30 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Three Stars of the Month: Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have been named as the NHL's Three Stars of the Month for January (

Why is every #12 for the Rangers a major disappointment?