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Bantering Points: 5/14/21

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers - Game Three Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Andrew Marchand relays word that Ryan Callahan will be joining ESPN ahead of the network’s acquisition of NHL broadcasting coverage to serve as an analyst (NY Post)
  • Mollie Walker hears that Brian Leetch has resigned from his position as a hockey operations advisor for the Blueshirts (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano argues that pursuing a Jack Eichel trade with the Buffalo Sabres would only make sense if the Rangers retain Mika Zibanejad beyond the upcoming season (LoHud)
  • Rachel Nones makes the case for Gerard Gallant as New York’s next head coach (The Hockey Writers)
  • Jim Bay believes that the Rangers should rip a page out of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s playbook and promote Kris Knoblauch from AHL Hartford to the big league bench (Empire Sports Media)
  • Tab Bamford examines the betting odds for the candidates to succeed David Quinn (Elite Sports NY)

Around the NHL:

  • Ben Pope reports that a former Chicago Blackhawks’ player is suing the franchise after the player was allegedly sexually assaulted by former video coach Bradley Aldrich during the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup run (Chicago Sun Times)
  • Rory Boylen breaks down which playoff teams are contenders or pretenders (Sportsnet)
  • The Colorado Avalanche dominated the Los Angeles Kings en route to a 5-1 victory to clinch the Presidents Trophy (TSN)
  • Sean Leahy passes along the schedule for the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs (NBC Sports)