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Bantering Points: 4/15/17

News and notes for Saturday, April 15th, 2017

"I want a group hug too" ~ Nick Holden, probably
"I want a group hug too" ~ Nick Holden, probably
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

17 seconds. While hockey fans may associate that as a number in Blackhawks' and Bruins' lore, it could find a spot in infamy in Ranges' history, as the team was 17 seconds away from heading back to Madison Square Garden with a 2-0 series lead. Instead, the Montreal Canadiens tied the game, and would go on to win in overtime and deny the Rangers a 2-0 series lead for the sixteenth time in their last seventeen playoff series. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • Andrew Bottomley ponders whether or not Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Matt Calvert should be suspended for breaking his stuck over Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl (Sportsnet)
  • Greg Wyshynski sat down with Vegas Golden Knights' general manager George McPhee about the upcoming drafts, Gerard Gallant and more (Puck Daddy)
  • Jason Pothier agrees that Gerard Gallant is the right choice as the first Golden Knights' head coach, but isn't sure how long he will last (SinBin Vegas)
  • Jared Clinton wonders what could be next for some of the NHL's recently fired bench bosses now that two of them are already back at work around the league (The Hockey News)