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Bantering Points: 3/29/19

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New York Rangers v St Louis Blues Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Neil Best sat down with former Ranger Kevin Hayes to discuss the four and a half seasons Hayes spent on Broadway, what his stint there meant to him, and more (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks examines how the stocks of some of the teams players have changed throughout the season (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that a dearth of talent around him is the root cause of struggles relative to seasons past (WFAN)
  • Curto also relays word that in honor of his courageous comeback after playing himself into the AHL last season, Brendan Smith is the Rangers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton trophy (Elite Sports NY)
  • Frank Curto highlights David Quinn’s decision to play injured players in a lost season as a blemish on his record (Elite Sports NY)
  • Quinn’s predecessor, Alain Vigneault, is the leading candidate to coach the Canadian national team at the 2019 IIHF World Championships this spring (TSN)

Around the NHL:

  • David St. Louis recaps last night’s clash between the Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets, a pivotal game between two Wild Card contenders that saw Columbus defend home ice to the tune of a 5-2 victory (Eyes on the Prize)
  • The league has partnered with William Hill to serve as an official bookmaker for the NHL (NBC Sports)
  • A 3rd period comeback propelled the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory in Raleigh, spoiling the Hurricanes’ final “Storm Surge” celebration and punching Washington’s ticket to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (TSN)