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Bantering Points: 3/17/18

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brooks also discusses how Pavel Buchnevich’s transition to North America has been made easier as of late (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks addresses how Alexandar Georgiev’s performance spells disaster for Ondrej Pavelec (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch relays word that one of Alain Vigneault’s goals is to “find out” who Georgiev truly is (NY Daily News)
  • Colin Stephenson chatted with Ryan Spooner about his feelings on being traded from a Stanley Cup contender to a cellar dweller (Newsday)
  • Scott Billeck sees that in spite of a season without playoff hockey, the Rangers got something out of an NHL season they haven’t had in years (NBC Sports)
  • Justin Rutherford examines what a European-style NHL would look like, complete with lower tier leagues and a relegation system (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • John Williams ponders whether Jesper Fast is overrated or underrated (Blue Line Station)
  • Jess Rubenstein delivers another prospect update, with bits on Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, and more (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Tom Castro believes that Chris Kreider still has the potential to be a superstar in the league (The Hockey Writers)
  • Mike Valvano argues that giving the organization’s most promising prospects ice time is more important than blatantly tanking down the stretch (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy reports that the Professional Hockey Writers Association will be making their ballots for NHL awards public for the first time (NBC Sports)
  • Rachel K recaps the Nashville Predators’ 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, making them the first team to clinch a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (On The Forecheck)
  • Frank Seravalli notes that for the first time in over 50 seasons, there hasn’t been a single head coach to be relieved of his duties mid-season (TSN)
  • Dimitri Filipovic wonders if the the NHL’s worst team over the last three seasons has managed to fly under the radar (Sportsnet)