Bantering Points: 2/9/17

News and notes for Thursday, February 9th, 2017

For the first time in nearly forty-eight hours, there will be Rangers hockey on tonight, as the team continues it's home stand against the Nashville Predators. Nashville has been in consistent team of late, as the team has gone 3-2-1 over their last six games in the midst of a roster shake up, as the team replaced Mike Ribeiro with Vernon Fiddler. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis hears from Michael Grabner about who he credits for his bounce back season (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay details how J.T. Miller has emerged as a three-zone contributor for New York (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett highlights the Rangers' team wide willingness to block shots and how it has helped shape their identity (CBS)
  • Game Preview: A re-focused Henrik Lundqvist will look to maintain his stellar form against Nashville (CBS)
  • Kevin Baumer suggests Dennis Wideman as an option for the Rangers to improve their defense corps and to monopolize the "players deliberately causing on-ice injuries" industry (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Robby Sabo discusses how the recently formed line of J.T. Miller, Michael Grabner, and Kevin Hayes are reminiscent of the team's identity during the 2014 Playoffs (Elite Sports NY)
  • David Bruce argues that Alain Vigneault has not used Pavel Buchnevich enough throughout the season (Blue Line Station)
  • Brandon Cohen offers blueprints on how Jeff Gorton should handle the trade deadline, and on what the team should do with Michael Grabner (Blue Line Station)
  • After lacing up in over 300 game in Broadway, he was traded to the Hartford Whalers ahead of the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup Championship. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Darren Turcotte (Wikipedia)/

Around the NHL:

  • Greg Wyshynski reports Arizona Coyotes representatives were spotted in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, touring prospective arenas (Puck Daddy)
  • Mike Johnston writes that the Ottawa Senators will likely ask defenseman and alternate captain Dion Phaneuf to waive his No-Movement clause in the upcoming expansion draft (Sportsnet)
  • Mike Halford relays word that former NHLer Martin Havlat, most recently of the St. Louis Blues, has announced his retirement from hockey (NBC Sports)
  • Sean McIndoe lists five things NHL coaches could learn from seven-time Super Bowl Champion and greatest coach in football history, Bill Belichick (The Hockey News)/