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Bantering Points: 5/8/17

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News and notes for Monday, May 8th, 2017

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses how Alain Vigneault's usage of his trusted veterans has burned the team against Ottawa (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes how some of the Rangers' foundational players have found the time to spend with their families throughout the playoff run (NY Post)
  • Mark Kerrmann presents reasons to be optimistic with the Blueshirts returning to Madison Square Garden (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch details how the stars on the team must be better than average if New York wants to force a Game 7 (NY Daily News)
  • Sean McCaffrey gives a thought-provoking take on the Rangers' performance in Game 5 (BlueCollar Blueshirts)
  • Chris Johnston highlights how Michael Grabner has rebounded from a rough final month of the season to become a key cog in New York's offensive attack this spring (Sportsnet)
  • Lou Venditti argues that the time has come for Marc Staal or Nick Holden to take a seat in the press box (Blue Line Station)
  • Logan Clements thinks that Alain Vigneault could benefit from deploying his players differently moving forward (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Jim Matheson broke an earth-shaking piece of news that could change the landscape of the league heading into next season (Twitter)
  • Michael Gallagher recaps the Nashville Predators' Game 6 victory over the St. Louis Blues to send the franchise to it's first Western Conference Finals appearance in team history (On The Forecheck)
  • Sean Leahy sat down with Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise to discuss his team's season, his opinion on the 2018 Olympics, and more (Puck Daddy)
  • Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare rejected a player of the game award after France's 5-1 victory over Finland in the IIHF World Championships, instead, allowing goaltender Florian Hardy to claim it (Sportsnet)
  • IIHF President Rene Fasel stated that he is still in negotiations with the NHL and International Olympic Committee to secure the league's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics (TSN)