Bantering Points: 2/5/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: LAK 4, NYR 3 (4:47 video via
  • Game Recap: Much like the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers blew a third period lead en route to losing a heartbreaker in overtime (CBS)
  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that as the Blueshirts continue their transition phase, even recently signed players like Brady Skjei aren’t sure what their future holds (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks hears from David Quinn and Tony DeAngelo about the latter’s “maturity issues” and how he’s looking to correct them (NY Post)
  • Rob Luker shows that Brendan Smith’s recent performance is providing some stability to New York’s defense corps (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dominick Renna argues that the Rangers cannot truly maximize their rebuild unless they trade Chris Kreider (Elite Sports NY)
  • Rick Carpiniello detail$ why the Blueshirt$ can ill-afford to lo$e their pending UFA’$ for no return (The Athletic)
  • Prospect Report: Vitali Kravtsov, K’Andre Miller, and Nils Lundkvist were named the organization’s three stars of the week among prospects (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Notes: Mika Zibanejad became the first player in Rangers’ history to record a point on ten consecutive team goals (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: Henrik Lundqvist,(2:40) David Quinn,(2:17) and Marc Staal (1:16) (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Brent Seabrook refuted a previous report that the team had asked him to waive his no-movement clause in the hopes of facilitating a trade (Sportsnet)
  • Travis Yost analyzes how the San Jose Sharks decision to keep Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns on separate defensive pairings is a matchup nightmare for the other Western Conference playoff hopefuls (TSN)
  • Sammi Silber reports that the Washington Capitals agreed to a three year, $3.3 million contract extension with goaltender Pheonix Copley (Japers Rink)/