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Bantering Points: 10/17/21

New York Rangers v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 3, MTL 1 (5:01 video via
  • Game Recap: Chris Kreider’s third straight game with a goal and a successful homecoming for Alexis Lafreniere earned the Blueshirts their first win of the Gerard Gallant era (CBS)
  • Mollie Walker writes that as if last season’s Norris Trophy wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, Adam Fox’s strong start to the season will net him a large payday following the 2021-22 campaign (NY Post)
  • Walker also discusses how Kaapo Kakko’s injury meant last night’s victory was one of the pyrrhic variety (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson chatted with Lafreniere about the opportunity to play a game in his native Quebec for the first time in his NHL career (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano goes in depth on how the Vitali Kravtsov saga has reached what seems to be the breaking point (LoHud)
  • Mercogliano also offered his takeaways from last night’s action (LoHud)
  • Media Availability: Alexis Lafreniere (2:33) and Mika Zibanejad (3:12) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Due to salary cap constraints and injuries, the Toronto Maple Leafs had to sign Alex Bishop, a University of Toronto student, to an amateur tryout agreement to serve as the backup goaltender during last night’s game (TSN)
  • Jeff Marek reports that Dallas Stars’ defenseman John Klingberg is looking for an eight year extension upwards of $60 million following the expiration of his current contract (Sportsnet)