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Bantering Points: 6/5/20

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Four Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Sean Hartnett notes that yesterday was the 26 year anniversary of the Blueshirts’ Game 3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals (WFAN)
  • Vincent Mercogliano relays word that Kaapo Kakko is unlikely to be at significant risk should he return to the ice if the Rangers resume the 2019-20 campaign (LoHud)
  • Brain Paget argues that keeping Kakko out of the remainder of the season could benefit him in the long run (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dylan Spilko believes that Henrik Lundqvist should get the nod in net in a qualifying round series against the Carolina Hurricanes (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steve Paulus thinks that the Rangers must prioritize finding a defensive partner to prop up the defender they’ve already committed to pay $48,00,000 over the next six years to serve as their top blueliner (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Ken Campbell highlights the decision to keep all rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their usual best of seven format as an example of the legitimacy of this year’s postseason (The Hockey News)
  • Teams around the league will begin reopening their facilities and kicking off Phase 2 of the league’s Return To Play procedure starting Monday (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors a truncated version of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Sean Leahy relays word that a yet-to-be named Pittsburgh Penguins player previously tested positive for coronavirus, but has since recovered (NBC Sports)