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Bantering Points: 4/3/18

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Colin Stephenson reports that Jesper Fast will miss the final three games of the season, while Mats Zuccarello will miss tonight’s game against the Devils (Newsday)
  • John Williams highlights how Mika Zibanejad’s strong performance in March saved what was an otherwise miserable season (Blue Line Station)
  • Dominick Renna thinks that Kevin Hayes has earned himself a long-term contract extension this summer (Elite Sports NY)
  • Frank Curto argues that the Rangers need Marc Staal to stay with the team in order to successfully traverse this rebuild (Elite Sports NY)
  • Prospect Report: Sean Day, Brett Howden, and Ty Ronning have been named the three stars of the week among New York’s prospects (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: Brady Skjei,(2:30) Marc Staal,(3:24) and Alain Vigneault (3:45) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • James O’Brien reports that Vancouver Canucks’ forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin will be retiring at the end of the season, ending careers that spanned 18 years in the NHL (NBC Sports)
  • Luke Fox relays word that Buffalo Sabres’ forward Jack Eichel is unlikely to play for Team USA at the IIHF World Championship
  • Travis Yost breaks down why Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Claude Giroux should be in the conversation for the Hart Trophy (TSN)
  • Chris Nichols passes along the latest news on the Jacob Trouba situation in Winnipeg via Bob McKenzie (FanRag)