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Bantering Points: 7/27/20

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers - Player Arrivals Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks hears that things got intense at the final practice before the Blueshirts left for the bubble in Toronto (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano notes that an air of giddyness is surrounding the team as they embark on yet another quest for the Stanley Cup (LoHud)
  • Tom Thompson compares Artemiy Panarin with Boston Bruins’ winger Brad Marchand (The Hockey News)
  • Frank Curto reminds us that even though the playoffs don’t begin until August 1st, the Rangers still have a date with the Islanders on tap in the bubble on Wednesday (Empire Sports Media)
  • Jake Mozarsky examines how the Artemiy Panarin/Mika Zibanejad duo stacks up against other superstar pairs around the league (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy relays word that John Chayka has quit his position as general manager of the Arizona Coyotes’, and has been replaced by former NHL forward Steve Sullivan on an interim basis (NBC Sports)
  • Former Ranger and Maple Leaf Eddie Shack passed away at age 83 yesterday (Sportsnet)
  • With the Seattle Kraken officially set to begin play in 2021-22, the plan is set for the Arizona Coyotes to move into the Central Division to create space for the league’s 32nd franchise (TSN)