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Bantering Points: 2/28/23

NHL: DEC 04 Blackhawks at Rangers Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks relays word concerning the latest on the Patrick Kane rumors and how soon until the current Blackhawk will be a former Blackhawk (NY Post)
  • Dave Blezow heard from K’Andre Miller about his ejection for spitting on Drew Doughty during Sunday’s game and the possible looming suspension from that incident (NY Post)
  • Neil Best argues that New York’s seemingly inevitable acquisition of Kane is a slam dunk move the team has no reason not to make (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano previews what the Blueshirts’ lineup will look like tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers in what will presumably be Kane’s team debut (LoHud)
  • Brendan Azoff points out how Ryan Lindgren’s injury shines a light on how important the rugged defender is to New York’s long term hopes (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Sam Lafferty and defenseman Jake McCabe from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a package headlined by a 2025 1st rounder and 2026 2nd rounder (NBC Sports)
  • Josh Beneteau notes that Gary Bettman addressed the influx of players that have sat as healthy scratched for trade-related reasons the past few weeks (Sportsnet)
  • The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Josh Bloom from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Riley Stillman (TSN)