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Bantering Points: 5/6/21

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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: WSH 4, NYR 2 (4:58 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Fight night at the Garden didn’t go particularly well for the Blueshirts, as they got beat up on the scoreboard as well as the physicality department in their final home game of the season (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks offers some insight into yesterday’s unexpected decision to fire Jeff Gorton and John Davidson (NY Post)
  • Mike Vaccaro saw yesterday afternoon’s actions as a stark reminder to Rangers fans of the side of James Dolan that usually gets reserved for the Knickerbockers (NY Post)
  • Mollie Walker points out that in the wake of his bosses getting fired, Chris Drury has ascended to being the chief decision maker in Rangerstown as far as roster moves go (NY Post)
  • Neil Best recaps the wild day the Blueshirts went through yesterday (Newsday)
  • Ryan Morik got Mark Messier‘s take on the state of the Rangers, and Messier once again reminded anyone who would listen that he remains as unfit for a meaningful position with a franchise as he was eight years ago (Yahoo Sports)
  • Tom Castro believes that the Blueshirts ought to partially blame themselves for the incident that prematurely ended Artemiy Panarin’s season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Adam Naclerio points out how New York’s strong depth on the wingers could push Chris Kreider into the team’s bottom six as soon as next season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Media Availability: Brendan Smith (2:57) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Justin Cuthbert hears that Calgary Flames’ forward Milan Lucic has agreed to waive his no-movement clause ahead of this summer’s expansion draft (Yahoo Finance)
  • Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been suspended two games for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman (TSN)
  • The Ottawa Senators signed goaltender Anton Forsberg to a one year, $900,000 contract extension (Sportsnet)