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Bantering Points: 2/22/21

Benoit Dusablon Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks wonders if Mika Zibanejad’s rough start to the season could result in the Blueshirts trading away Alexis Lafreniere in a package to acquire Jack Eichel (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that moving Zibanejad onto a line with Artemiy Panarin will be the remedy to Zibanejad’s scoring woes (Newsday)
  • Tom Castro doesn’t think Lafreniere’s slow adjustment to the NHL is something to be concerned about moving forward (The Hockey Writers)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis examines what a potential Eichel trade could look like for the Rangers (Puck Prose)

Around the NHL:

  • Matt Larkin chatted with Ray Whitney, a 1,300 game veteran and currently the league’s director of player safety, about the insight he brings to the department (The Hockey News)
  • Anaheim Ducks’ forward Adam Henrique cleared waivers, and the Detroit Red Wings’ placed forward Frans Nielsen on waivers (TSN)
  • Boston Bruins’ forward David Pastrnak recorded a hat trick to propel his team past the Philadelphia Flyers by a 7-3 score at Lake Tahoe (Sportsnet)