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Bantering Points: 4/5/19

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks went one-on-one with Glen Sather in the wake of Sather’s decision to step back from his role as team president (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that Mika Zibanejad’s strong 2018-19 campaign is all the proof necessary that Zibanejad is ready to ascend to the captaincy (WFAN)
  • Mark Spector examines how the annals of hockey history will view Glen Sather’s multi-decade tenure in professional hockey (Sportsnet)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis sees that in spite of the looming changes coming to the Rangers, the top six appears to be set for now (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis believes that while the Blueshirts should look to acquire Adam Fox sooner rather than later, they can’t afford to make a ludicrous offer (Blue Line Station)
  • Zararis also discusses how Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Lemieux could serve as the snarl the organization has been lacking as of late (Blue Line Station)
  • Dominick Renna also highlighted Lemieux as a potential difference maker in the Rangers’ team attitude (Elite Sports NY)
  • Rick Carpiniello note$ the one ta$k $ather ha$ before $tepping into the background of the Blue$hirt$’ operation (The Athletic)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (4:39) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Brian LeBlanc waxes poetic about the Carolina Hurricanes team that finally ended the NHL’s longest playoff drought with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night (Canes Country)
  • Travis Yost breaks down how the Winnipeg Jets have deteriorated from a Stanley Cup contender to a paper tiger in less than 12 months (TSN)
  • Luke Fox relays word of a handful of members from the Tampa Bay Lightning bashing the league’s nonsensical divisional playoff format (Sportsnet)
  • Kaitlyn Dividock saw that the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 13th consecutive playoff berth after knocking off the Detroit Red Wings (Pensburgh)
  • Ryan Kennedy heard that Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh is ready to do something he never could have achieved prior to arriving in Tampa (The Hockey News)