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Bantering Points: 3/9/17

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News and notes for Thursday, March 9th, 2017

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The Rangers are heading into the eye of the storm tonight, as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks speculates on the Rangers defense corps of the future, the expansion draft, and more (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay discusses how Brady Skjei has served as an effective Keith Yandle replacement this season (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch believes that New York can make the current road trip even more of a success by fixing their power play (NY Daily News)
  • Dave Shapiro cites the home team's privilege of the last change as a reason for the Rangers' struggles at Madison Square Garden (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen examines New York's players currently on bridge contracts, and what their next deals could look like (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams offers his thoughts on the most controversial topic in hockey (Blue Line Station)
  • Ben Whitney doesn't think the Rangers are tough enough to survive the grind of a potential postseason run (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia chatted with Sean Day after the team's star prospect inked an entry level deal yesterday (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Rory Boylen reports that Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took a page out of John Tortorella's playbook, dressing enforcer Tom Sestito last night in Winnipeg and having the hard-nosed winger sakte three shifts for 1:02 total ice time before getting ejected (Sportsnet)
  • Scott Cullen hands out statistic-based awards through three quarters of the NHL season (TSN)
  • James O'Brien hears that the league plans on televising the 2017 Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights (NBC Sports)