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Bantering Points: 7/8/20

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NHL: FEB 27 Rangers at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Greg Joyce examines the increased challenges that Kaapo Kakko will face should he attempt to participate in the resumption of the season (NY Post)
  • Neil Best writes that whether they are successful or not, the efforts made to return to sports are noble (Newsday)
  • Best also relays word that numbers are down across the board for sports talk radio in the New York area (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano compares the Rangers forwards with that of the Carolina Hurricanes (LoHud)
  • Mercoglaino also compared the defensive matchup between the two teams (LoHud)
  • Steve Paulus takes a look at which current Rangers could find themselves on Olympic rosters in 2022 and 2026 (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also rejected the idea of trading the first overall pick should the Rangers earn the selection (Blue Line Station)
  • Brian Abate highlights how one season of Artemiy Panarin’s play has given the franchise a new outlook on the future (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • In spite of calls around them to change their franchise name, the Chicago Blackhawks have opted to keep their storied name in tact (Sportsnet)
  • Travis Yost breaks down what a lack of home ice advantage will mean as the season resumes (TSN)
  • James O’Brien reports that players who sign-entry level contract to burn the first year of their deals will not be permitted to play this season (NBC Sports)