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Bantering Points: 3/9/19

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NHL: New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Colin Stephenson hears that while “close but no cigar” has seemingly been the Blueshirts’ story of the season, the players have grown frustrated with it (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro believes that Tony DeAngelo’s progress this season has been David Quinn’s most notable achievement (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brian Paget previews what the future core of the Rangers will look like (Elite Sports NY)
  • Steve Paulus ponders why Libor Hajek was the subject of plenty of negative coverage leading up to his debut (Blue Line Station)
  • Morgan Barron discusses his season at Cornell, his progress towards making the Rangers one day, and more (3:17 video via Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • James O’Brien reports that Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to an upper body injury (NBC Sports)
  • Andrew Berkshire examines whether or not the Columbus Blue Jackets are worthy of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Sportsnet)
  • With the NCAA season coming down the home stretch, a new crop of college free agents are set to become available to all 31 NHL teams (TSN)
  • Ryan Kennedy relays word that 15 year old Shane Wright has become the sixth player to be granted “exceptional” status to enter a CHL draft before turning 16 (The Hockey News)