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Bantering Points: 9/27/17

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News and notes for Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

That's the face of a man who could deny Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil a permanent roster spot
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The Rangers concluded their pre-season with a 4-3 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, and they've ended the exhibition season with a 3-2-1 record. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: PHI 4, NYR 3 (Video via NHL.com)
  • Sean Hartnett believes that the pieces to the puzzle that is New York's opening night lineup have begun to fall into place (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks notes that Kevin Hayes will have to adjust to the league's new rules regarding visors (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis points out that Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich's growth will play a vital role in the Rangers' success this season (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay hears from Henrik Lundqvist about how the franchise pillar is pleased with his pre-season play (Newsday)
  • Zipay also highlighted the fact that Paul Carey has gone from an afterthought at the onset of training camp to a serious contender for a roster spot (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch astutely observes that with final cuts looming, decisions on Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are around the corner (NY Daily News)
  • Jenifer Moglia wonders if Neal Pionk's status as a right-handed defenseman gives him the inside track to a roster spot (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Cutro ponders whether or not Filip Chytil will make New York's roster (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jonathan Marrero sets expectations for Nick Holden's second season on Broadway (Full Tilt)
  • Sean McCaffrey writes riveting article about everything surrounding the Rangers right now (Blue Collar Blueshirts)
  • Postgame Notes: The next Rangers game will actually matter (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • James O'Brien passes along word that a Boston University study might be able to help identify living players with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE (NBC Sports)
  • Frank Seravalli released TSN's Top 50 players list. Henrik Lundqvist is nowhere to be found, but his former backup made the cut, so make of that what you will (TSN)
  • Greg Wyshynski reports that Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 Men's Olympic Hockey Team, has had to search far and wide without NHL players available for selection (Puck Daddy)
  • Mark Spector thinks that Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto, who the Rangers passed over twice in the first round of the 2017 draft, is likely to earn a roster spot over last year's fourth overall pick Jesse Puljujarvi (Sportsnet)
  • Jared Clinton sees free agent forward Brian Gionta as someone who could turn his lack of ability to earn a contract into a roster spot in Pyeongchang (The Hockey News)