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Bantering Points: 3/24/19

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 2, TOR 1 (4:35 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Another herculean effort from Alexandar Georgiev earned the Rangers another two points against the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Colin Stephenson discusses Brendan Smith’s renaissance season after his disastrous 2-17-18 campaign (Newsday)
  • Stephenson also notes that with Chris Kreider’s absence from last night’s contest, Mika Zibanejad is the Blueshirts only iron man remaining (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions about K’Andre Miller, Ryan Lindgren, and how a draft lottery win would impact the Rangers’ rebuild (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Steve Paulus examines the importance of landing inside the top five of the NHL Entry Draft (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also argues that in spite of a rough sophomore campaign, it’s far too early to make any declarations about Lias Andersson (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Albano highlights Ryan Strome’s career resurgence as one bright spot in New York’s dismal season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Nathaniel Oliver reminisces on Sergei Zubov’s legendary 1993-94 campaign (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Adam Gretz ponders how the Los Angeles Kings and forward Ilya Kovalchuk will co-exist for the next two years as Kovalchuk’s nightmarish debut in LA draws to a close (NBC Sports)
  • Dan Ryan relays word that the Boston Bruins agreed to a one year, $3.75 million contract extension with defenseman Zdeno Chara (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
  • Emily Sadler reports that the Seattle NHL franchise could look to hire a general manager over the coming summer to prepare for the 2020 expansion draft (Sportsnet)
  • The Ottawa Senators will look to hire a President of Hockey Operations to steer the ship on their rebuild in the right direction (TSN)