Bantering Points: 10/12/23

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks hears that rather than dwell on the disappointing playoff exit in the spring, Mika Zibanejad is focused on doing what he can to make sure that doesn’t happen for the Rangers again (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson lists five keys to success that will make or break the Blueshirts’ fortunes in 2023-24 (Newsday)

Stephenson also points to Artemiy Panarin as another player alongside Zibanejad focused on what’s to come rather than what transpired last season (Newsday)

Neil Best highlights how the arrival of hockey season provides optimism for some New York sports fans with nothing else to root for with the Yankees and Mets seasons over, and the Giants and Jets going through the motions of what will end as failed season for them (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano offer his x-factors, concerns, and predictions for the Blueshirts this season (LoHud)

Tom Castro writes about how any concerns some may have had regarding Jonathan Quick’s capabilities at this point in his career have been validated thus far via his preseason performance (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a seven year, $54.85 million contract extension with defenseman Owen Power (NBC Sports)

Vegas Golden Knights’ forward Brett Howden has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Seattle Kraken forward Brandon Tanev (Sportsnet)

The New Jersey Devils agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head coach Lindy Ruff (TSN)