Bantering Points: 2/9/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: CAR 3, NYR 0 (3:24 video via
  • Game Recap: After honoring the 1994 Stanley Cup champions, the 2019 Rangers showed just how far they’ve come in the quarter century since their last championship (CBS)
  • Last night’s celebration in pictures (Newsday)
  • Justin Terranova chatted with Sam Rosen but his call on Stefan Matteau’s iconic double overtime goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals (NY Post)
  • Peter Botte heard about the struggles Matteau has gone through in his battles against alcohol and depression the early 2000’s (NY Post)
  • Botte also notes that while all but two members of the 1994 team attended last night’s festivities, the late Alexander Karpovtsev was remembered by his teammates (NY Post)
  • Frank Curto believes that New York’s decision to move on from Cody McLeod is another piece of evidence that the enforcer role is slowly dying in the NHL (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jordan Goldberg argues that while the Rangers are seemingly always looking for a top-flight forward to add to their roster, they already have one, and he’s just flying under the radar (The Hockey Writers)
  • Tom Castro writes that even with Henrik Lundqvist in the twilight of his career, the Blueshirts’ future in the blue paint is bright (The Hockey Writers)
  • Dave Shapiro reminisces on his experiences watching the Rangers’ 1994 playoff run (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zararis offers the perspective of someone too young to remember the Rangers’ championship run (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: For the first time since October of 2010, the Blueshirts let the Carolina Hurricanes come into Madison Square Garden and come away with two points (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn,(2:43) Mats Zuccarello,(1:31) and Henrik Lundqvist (2:47) (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • After reportedly changing agents and creating a stir among the Columbus media, Blue Jackets’ forward Artemi Panarin publicly addressed his future intentions (Sportsnet)
  • With only five points separating the wild card qualifier from the worst team in the conference, the Western playoff race is shaping up to be as chaotic as any in recent memory (TSN)
  • Sean Leahy relays word that the New Jersey Devils will host a David Puddy bobblehead night to commemorate the iconic Seinfeld scene on February 19th (NBC Sports)
  • Matt Larkin breaks down why this is the year for the Nashville Predators to go for broke at the trade deadline (The Hockey News)/