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Bantering Points: 10/21/20

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New York Rangers v Ottawa Senators - Game Five Photo by Francois Laplante/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Vincent Mercogliano delivers a prospect update, with bits on Oliver Tarnstrom, Hugo Ollas, and more (LoHud)
  • Scott Esposito reminisces on Pat Verbeek’s short stint on Broadway (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus ponders how Ryan Strome’s contract negotiation will go (Blue Line Station)
  • Brendan Azoff writes that even without much NHL experience to go off of, Rangers’ fans faith in Igor Shesterkin is well justified by his elite numbers in seasons past (The Hockey Writers)
  • Rick Carpineillo tell$ u$ how Vitali Kravt$ov and Nil$ Lundkvi$t have fared in the early portion of the $ea$on (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

  • Andrew Marchand notes that NBC could tab Mike Tirico as their successor to Mike Emrick as the network’s #1 hockey play-by-play man (NY Post)
  • Travis Yost details how after the Edmonton Oilers were let down by the goaltending duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen last season, their decision to roll with the same pair of netminders next season is questionable at best (TSN)
  • Brandon Cain relays word that the Chicago Blackhawks have released a letter to their fanbase signaling the start of a rebuild (Second City Hockey)
  • After switching to #96 ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, Vancouver Canucks’ forward Adam Gaudette hopes he can bring positive memories to the uniform number just like the last player to wear #96 in Vancouver (Sportsnet)