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Bantering Points: 2/27/20

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Greg Joyce notes that Brendan Smith’s strong effort against the Islanders helped Rangers’ fans forget about what they might’ve lost in Brady Skjei (NY Post)
  • Joyce also relays word from David Quin in defense of the hit Jacob Trouba threw that Michael Dal Colle took the brunt of (NY Post)
  • Anthony Rieber hears that with a trip into the Bell Centre on tap for tonight, memories of the team’s early season comeback win in Montreal have been at the forefront of everyone’s mind (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano examines New York’s long term salary cap outlook (LoHud)
  • Steve Paulus previews the Seattle expansion draft and how the Rangers may handle it (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Castro highlights the Skjei deal is an example of the success of the Blueshirts’ rebuild (The Hockey Writers)
  • Sean Treppedi offers his take on the Skjei trade (Empire Writes Back)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (9:02) and Brendan Lemieux (2:13) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the season in the wake of the cardiac episode he had on February 11th (
  • Ken Campbell writes about the David Ayres’ emergency backup situation and what it means for both the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL as a whole (The Hockey News)
  • Former Nashville Predators’ head coach Peter Laviolette has been named the head coach of Team USA at the 2020 IIHF World Championships (NBC Sports)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)