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Bantering Points: 3/22/19

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks notes that David Quinn’s inability to find a consistent fourth line combination has been one of his shortcomings (NY Post)
  • Brooks also hears that Jesper Fast has likely played his final game of the season (NY Post)
  • Lastly, Brooks sees that a rough second half featuring more losing and less than stellar play is starting to get to Henrik Lundqvist (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson relays word that Filip Chytil enjoyed his return to center for the first time since the 2018 calendar year on Tuesday (Newsday)
  • Rick Carpiniello heard from Kevin $hattenkirk about hi$ fir$t two $ea$ons on Broadway, hi$ expectation$ for the next two year$, and more (The Athletic)
  • Dave Shapiro argues that rebuilding the Blueshirts’ blueline will take longer than expected (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis ponders whether or not Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Jake Gardiner could be a logical fit for one of New York’s holes on its blueline (Blue Line Station)
  • Justin Bonhard relays word that Chris Drury has been named the general manager for Team USA as they prepare for the 2019 IIHF World Championship (Elite Sports NY)
  • Media Availability: Kevin Shattenkirk (1:35) and David Quinn (9:26) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • “We’re doing everything --- more than most franchises, as far as what we do for our fans.” That was an actual quote from Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk (Sportsnet)
  • After blaming bottom six forward Tobias Rieder on his team’s inability to make the playoffs, Edmonton Oilers’ CEO Bob Nicholson was called out by Rieder’s agent Darren Farris (TSN)
  • Scott Billeck believes that the time is now for the Columbus Blue Jackets to press the panic button (NBC Sports)
  • Amelia Ward saw that “Ron Burgundy” made an appearance in the broadcast booth for last night’s San Jose Sharks-Los Angeles Kings game (LAD Bible)