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Bantering Points: 8/16/20

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Carolina Hurricanes v New York Rangers Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Greg Joyce hears that David Quinn was a bit too excited for his own good once he saw the Rangers come away with the first overall selection in the 2020 Entry Draft (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks sees that Alexis Lafreniere has drawn nearly universal praise leading up to this fall’s draft (NY Post)
  • Steve Paulus examines some Central Division players the Rangers could target in the wake of the incoming cap crunch (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus examines some Pacific Division players the Rangers could target in the wake of the incoming cap crunch (Blue Line Station)
  • Tom Castro argues that New York’s lottery luck shouldn’t change the course of the rebuild (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Nathan Vaughn relays word that Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask has opted out of the league’s return to play program (Stanley Cup of Chowder)
  • Steven Ellis wonders if the pressure of play-in games has helped lowered seeded teams stay competitive against their opponents from the round robin phase (The Hockey News)
  • Adam Gretz recaps the action from around the playoffs last night (NBC Sports)