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Bantering Points: 10/29/21

Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Ethan Sears hears that Mark Messier was not a fan of the Blueshirts’ decision to roll with six alternate captains rather than naming a captain prior to opening night (NY Post)
  • Mollie Walker relays word that Gerard Gallant wants a better effort out of his squad tonight than they displayed against Calgary in Monday (NY Post)
  • Walker also notes that Kaapo Kakko is likely to return to the lineup in time for tonight’s matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets (NY Post)
  • Steve Serby sat down for a question and answer session with Sammy Blais (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano got reactions from members of the Rangers and Islanders concerning Kyle Beach’s decision to step forward as “John Doe” in the Chicago Blackhawks’ sexual abuse scandal (LoHud)
  • Alexander Wilson highlights Alexis Lafreniere as a player who must step up for the Blueshirts (Empire Sports Media)

Around the NHL:

  • Florida Panthers’ head coach Joel Quenneville resigned from his position in the wake of the discovery that he chose to cover up and brush aside the sexual abuse going on in his locker room during Chicago’s 2010 championship run (TSN)
  • Jonathan Toews called Stan Bowman, who has stepped down from his posts as general manager for the Blackhawks and Team USA for his role in the scandal, “a great man” when pressed about what he knew about the sexual abuse going on in the room of a team he captained (Sportsnet)