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Bantering Points: 9/28/17

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News and notes for Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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With no more games to evaluate players on, Jeff Gorton will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to navigate the minefield of selecting the best possible group of players for New York's opening night roster. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Ben Arledge breaks down why the Rangers should have traded Henrik Lundqvist instead of Cam Talbot back in 2015 (E$PN)
  • Brett Cyrgalis thinks that Gorton has a difficult decision to make regarding Lias Andersson (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks projects the team's opening night roster (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch hopes Ondrej Pavelec will continue New York's run of stellar back-up goaltenders in the Alain Vigneault era (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay believes that the Rangers have some difficult decisions to make regarding final cuts (Newsday)
  • Brandon Cohen dives into how the organization's defense corps has gone from a weakness to a strength over the summer (Blue Line Station)
  • Dan Carrozzi examines Jeff Gorton's role for the upcoming season (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro reports that Gabriel Fontaine and Brandon Halverson were sent to Hartford as the Rangers trimmed their roster down to 32 players (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Shapiro also attempted to explain the strategy behind keeping veterans in camp for so long (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Frank Curto makes his predictions for New York's opening night roster (Elite Sports NY)
  • Shayna Goldman previews the Blueshirts' defense corps for the 17-18 season (FanRag)

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Scott Cullen highlights some rookies to keep an eye on during the season, if they make it out of training camp (TSN)
  • James O'Brien saw that St. Louis Blues' forward Robby Fabbri has been ruled out for the entire season with a left knee injury (NBC Sports)
  • Ken Fang passes along word that NBC in-studio analyst and shoe connoisseur Mike Milbury will be moving into the booth with Doc Emrick while Eddie Olczyk undergoes chemotherapy (Awful Announcing)
  • Jared Clinton hears that Jaromir Jagr will play in the second tier Czech league for the team he owns, HC Kladno (The Hockey News)