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Bantering Points: 3/5/19

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks discusses why the Blueshirts aren’t pressing to find the franchise’s 28th captain just yet (NY Post)
  • Brooks also heard from Brendan Smith about his memories of Ted Lindsay from his time in Detroit (NY Post)
  • Lastly, Brooks throws some cold water on the rumors of Vitali Kravtsov coming over to North America to conclude the 2018-19 campaign (NY Post)
  • Brain Heyman went around the locker room to hear from various team members about the void Mats Zuccarello left in the wake of his departure (Newsday)
  • Heyman also notes that Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev will split starts more evenly during the final month of the season (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that Tony DeAngelo may finally be establishing himself as a full-time NHL player with his recent play (WFAN)
  • Steve Paulus examines the possibility of drawing Artemi Panarin to Broadway (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro argues that the Hartford Wolfpack’s yearly struggles have become a major issue for the Rangers’ organization as a whole (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dominick Renna highlights more focus on development as one goal for the Rangers to accomplish as the season winds down (Elite Sports NY)
  • With a near-complete turnover in players and coaches behind the bench, the Blueshirts have ushered in a new era of hockey in New York (Battle of NY Hockey)
  • Prospect Report: Yegor Rykov, Vitali Kravtsov, and Joey Kean were named the organization’s three stars of the week among prospects (Official Team Site)
  • Half a decade ago today, (yes, it’s really been that long) the Rangers took part in the first captain for captain swap in league history, acquiring Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks (BSB Archives)

Around the NHL:

  • Chris Johnston heard from Calgary Flames’ forward Austin Czarnik about the process of spurning the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, and two other teams to sign in Calgary (Sportsnet)
  • Frank Seravalli reports that as the general manager meetings are set to begin this week, discussions about the league’s widely panned playoff format aren’t expected to take place (TSN)
  • Adam Gretz saw that less than a week after giving up two draft picks for him, the Columbus Blue Jackets have opted to make defenseman Adam McQuaid a healthy scratch (NBC Sports)
  • Ken Campbell pens an ode to the late Ted Linday, who passed away yesterday at age 93 (The Hockey News)