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Bantering Points: 9/2/20

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Vincent Mercogliano projects that Jeff Gorton and friends are likely to keep Brendan Lemieux around as cheap forward depth heading into next season (LoHud)
  • Mercogliano also pondered what the future hols for Ryan Strome and whether or nor he’s long for Broadway (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett believes that Jacques Martin’s addition to David Quinn’s staff will go a long way towards improving the Blueshirts’ team defense (WFAN)
  • Eric Willsen offers his take on Martin’s decision to join Quinn’s staff (Empire Sports Media)
  • Pedro Rodrigues examines the pros and cons of keeping Jesper Fast in the fold for next season and beyond (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Ryan Kennedy discusses the mass exodus of top prospects heading to Europe due to how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the North American sports seasons (The Hockey News)
  • Frank Seravalli posts the first Trade Bait Board since the deadline, with Winnipeg Jets’ forward Patrik Laine making a surprise appearance (TSN)
  • Adam Gretz recaps last night’s playoff action that saw the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks stave off elimination and force Game 6’s (NBC Sports)
  • The Florida Panthers are finalizing a deal to hire Columbus Blue Jackets’ assistant general manager Bill Zito as their own general manager (Sportsnet)