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Bantering Points: 2/21/20

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Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis examines where the Rangers currently stand in the Eastern Conference playoff picture (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that even with little in the way of playoff hopes, the Blueshirts have made the final stretch of the season more interesting than last season (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano highlights how even if Chris Kreider’s days in New York are numbered, the power forward is playing hard until the end (LoHud)
  • Steve Paulus offers his analysis on the team’s latest acquisition, Julien Gauthier (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also argues that in spite of their recent play, the Rangers should still sell off assets as the trade deadline approaches (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto sees the team’s Gauthier<—>Keane swap as a simple case of giving up a strength to improve a weakness (Elite Sports NY)
  • Pasi Tuominen examines how Kaapo Kakko has performed through the first 55 games of his rookie season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Sean Treppedi juxtaposes Henrik Lundqvist’s current situation with that of former New York Giants’ career .500 quarterback Eli Manning (Empire Writes Back)
  • The Hartford Wolfpack traded Tom McCollum and Lewis Zerter-Gossage to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to complete the Rangers’ acquisition of J.F. Berube (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Frank Seravalli lists seven Stanley Cup hopefuls that are yet to make any sort of upgrade (TSN)
  • Andrew Berkshire takes a look at the premier defenseman available on the trade market right now (Sportsnet)
  • Although the trade deadline isn’t until Monday, aggressive general managers around the league have been active in striking deals (NBC Sports)
  • Steven Ellis names seven players that could benefit from a change of scenery ahead of Monday’s deadline (The Hockey News)