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Bantering Points: 8/2/21

New York Rangers v New York Islanders Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks offers a potential solution for the Blueshirts in their pursuit of Jack Eichel (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson wonders how much interest the team truly as in Eichel, citing their lack of a trade thus far (Newsday)

Around the NHL:

  • Former Ranger Neal Pionk was one of seventeen restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration (Sportsnet)
  • Dave Melton relays word that Marc-Andre Fleury announced that he will play for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2021-22 season after initially contemplating retirement following his trade from Vegas (Second City Hockey)
  • San Jose Sharks’ forward Evander Kane has denied allegations that he bet on hockey games, but the league will continue along with their investigation into the claims (TSN)
  • Peter Hassett reports that the NHL has rejected the contract the Seattle Kraken signed Philipp Grubauer to due to an illegal salary structure (Russian Machine Never Breaks)