Bantering Points: 9/15/17

News and notes for Friday, September 15th, 2017

With on-ice testing beginning for the Rangers today, Bantering Points has made it long-awaited return. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis relays word from Alain Vigneault about his expectations for the upcoming season and the team's current window (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay lists five issues the Rangers must address before the start of the regular season (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett has his own set of questions that the team needs to answer before welcoming the Colorado Avalanche to town on October 5th (CBS)
  • Justin Tasch reports that J.T. Miller is likely to find himself spending a lot of time down the middle during training camp, and potentially into the future (NY Daily News)
  • Tasch also heard that Marc Staal will have to fight for ice time for the first time in his professional career (NY Daily News)
  • Christian Nehls highlights the Blueshirts' lack of center depth as a major question mark ahead of the pre-season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Josh Lipman previews how Tony DeAngelo can become an effective weapon on New York's blue line in his first full NHL season (Blue Line Station)
  • Jack Milewski takes a sneak peak at how Jesper Fast should perform after signing his three year extension (Blue Line Station)
  • Adam Gretz noticed Rick Nash earlier this week discussing his expectations for the 17-18 season (FanRag)
  • Chris Studley argues that Tony DeAngelo will need to make an immediate impact on the Rangers' blue line for the team to succeed (Elite Sports NY)
  • Alain Vigneault held his first press conference of the season on the first day of camp (27:38 Video via Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authored the inaugural edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Justin Cuthbert details how the Boston Bruins managed to strike gold by agreeing to a six year, $40 Million contract with forward David Pastrnak (Puck Daddy)
  • Cam Tucker saw that the Los Angeles Kings will be hosting tryouts to find an emergency goalie for the organization (NBC Sports)
  • Travis Yost dives into the randomness of the NHL standings and highlights its impact (TSN)
  • Jared Clinton reports that Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur failed his physical ahead of training camp and is unlikely to suit up this season (The Hockey News)

Do you know who the former Ranger in the picture is?