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Bantering Points: 3/25/19

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Peter Botte believes that Pavel Buchnevich has finally arrived (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks saw Saturday night’s stint on the top line as a test that Brendan Lemieux passed with flying colors (NY Post)
  • Denis Gorman heard that Lemieux doesn’t see the final two weeks of the season as any sort of test (Newsday)
  • Steve Paulus delivered an update on the Blueshirts’ lottery outlook and a handful of their prospects currently active in their league’s playoffs (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also thinks that Rangers fans should be grateful that they don’t have a mascot like Philadelphia’s Gritty (Blue Line Station)
  • John Carroll believes that in spite of getting eliminated from the playoffs in spite of their wild victory in Toronto, the Rangers should hold their heads high (Empire Writes Back)
  • Dan Rosen details how New York missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and what the organization has to look forward to next season (NHL.com)

Around the NHL:

  • Even with the Presidents’ Trophy and home ice as far as they advance clinched, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s remaining slate of games has plenty of reasons to keep the team motivated (TSN)
  • Steven Ellis lists five players that can’t afford to prolong their current struggles as the playoffs draw closer and closer (The Hockey News)
  • Larry Brooks suggests the best way of solving the Entry Draft’s biggest issues would be to do away with it entirely (NY Post)