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Bantering Points: 6/26/21

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New York Islanders v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Seven Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Justin Tasch relays word that Mark Messier will be joining ESPN’s new team for hockey coverage in advance of the 2021-22 season (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano lists six important goals Gerard Gallant will need to accomplish sooner rather than later (LoHud)
  • Rachel Nones highlights Kevin Rooney as one player set to shine under Gallant’s watchful eye if he is still on the team next season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Rick Carpineillo make$ five prediction$ for the Blue$hirt$’ new regime led by Gallant and Chri$ Drury (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

  • The clock finally struck midnight on the New York Islanders, as the team failed to show up and were dominated in a season ending Game 7 Stanley Cup Semifinal loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (Lighthouse Hockey)
  • Mike Vaccaro believes that in spite of already lucking their way past two better teams earlier in the playoffs, the Islanders’ inability to luck their way past a third better team will sting for a long time (NY Post)
  • Luke Fox tells the story of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals between the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens with 73 stats (Sportsnet)
  • Rick Westhead reports that a lawyer representing a former Chicago Blackhawks player that was sexually assaulted by a coach in 2010 has requested 31 documents regarding the team’s internal investigation at the time be made available (TSN)