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Bantering Points: 2/23/17

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News and notes for Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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The Ranges continue their stretch of games against likely playoff teams tonight, as they'll hit the ice at the Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Leafs attempting to make the playoffs for only the second time in the post-lockout era, the Rangers can use tonight's game as another measuring stick to see where they are. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks sees the Maple Leafs as the team Henrik Lundqvist was able to turn his season around against, and will look for another sparkling performance tonight (NY Post)
  • Brooks also points out that the franchise has decided to renew ties with Eddie Shack after 56 years (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch argues that Jeff Gorton must resist the temptation to make a move for Kevin Shattenkirk (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay discusses how New York is waiting for Mika Zibanejad to bust out of his scoring slump (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett praises the Rangers for ditching the old-school 4th Line model, and utilizing a skilled combination of players to give opposing teams issues (CBS)
  • Game Preview: New York will try to jump start their power play by taking advantage if an inexperienced Maple Leafs squad (CBS)
  • Kevin Baumer believes that Jeff Gorton is under pressure to rectify his mistakes from last season's trade deadline (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dave Shapiro offers his thoughts on the upcoming trade deadline (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Derek Radich wonders if the recently waived Brooks Laich could fit in as a depth piece in New York (Elite Sports NY)
  • Brandon Cohen writes about how New York approaches the trade deadline could determine Dan Girardi's fate (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams tells the tale of how Jimmy Vesey broke through the infamous "rookie wall" (Blue Line Station)
  • Brady Skjei was mic'd up at one of New York's recent practices (1:41 Video via Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean McIndoe lists the five teams with the biggest decisions to make to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline (The Hockey News)
  • Pierre LeBrun highlights New Jersey Devils' defenseman Kyle Quincey and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit as two bargain bin options as teams load up for the playoffs (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 30 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • James O'Brien relays word from Bob McKenzie that St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop could still be on the move (NBC Sports)