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Bantering Points: 8/27/21

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Florida Panthers v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Mollie Walker reports that the Blueshirts are expected to agree to a contract with Libor Hajek in the near future (NY Post)
  • Walker also relayed word from former general manager Jeff Gorton on his surprise at how the Tom Wilson incident spiraled into the franchise tearing itself down in an effort to combat the 8th best player on a team that has won zero playoff rounds over the last three season (NY Post)
  • Neil Best details the impact the late Rod Gilbert has had on multiple generations of Rangers fans (Newsday)
  • Brian Abate reminisces on Henrik Lundqvist’s stellar debut with the Blueshirts during the 2005-06 season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Tom Castro looks back on the 1995-96 Blueshirts, another promising iteration of the franchise that lit their championship chances on fire in the name of getting tougher (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • Travis Yost examines if the Montreal Canadiens’ run to the Stanley Cup Final was a fluke or a sign of things to come (TSN)
  • Players around the league have tweeted out their sorrows and stories about the late Jimmy Hayes, who passed away at age 31 on Monday (Sportsnet)
  • James O’Brien examines the pros and cons of the eight year, $62 million contract the Philadelphia Flyers signed forward Sean Couturier to (NBC Sports)