Bantering Points: 10/23/17

The Rangers are back in action tonight, as they’ll square off with the San Jose Sharks for a sixth consecutive season in the month of October. With two wins in their first nine games, two points would go a long way for the team. Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks thinks that any immediate improvements in the Rangers’ play will have to come from within the organization (NY Post)
  • Ron Duguay and Rod Gilbert were on hand as the Blueshirts held their annual Try Hockey For Free event for over 200 children (Newsday)
  • Brandon Sapienza ponders why Nick Holden is still skating a regular shift on the team’s blue line (Blue Line Station)
  • David Bruce breaks down the early returns on Sean Day’s final season in major juniors (Blue Line Station)
  • Jess Rubenstein delivers a prospect update, with bits on Ty Ronning, Adam Huska, and more (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Michael Rappaport reflects on the day Mark Messier left New York to become the most beloved Vancouver Canuck in the franchise’s history (The Hockey Writers)
  • Shayna Goldman attempts to set reasonable expectations for Michael Grabner’s season (FanRag)
  • Matt Calamia passes along word of how the Garden of Dreams Foundation made two young boys wish come true on Saturday (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Travis Yost discusses some of the issues people run into when using statistics to evaluate hockey (Tumblr)
  • Adrian Dater wonders if adding Dawson Sprigings, one of Hockey Twitter’s brightest minds, to his staff will help turn Stan Kroenke’s sports franchises around (BSN Denver)
  • Dan Murphy relays the story of how Detroit Red Wings forward David Booth cheated death en route to training camp (Sportsnet)
  • Kevin Papetti reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with Roman Polak on a one year, $1.1 million contract (Pension Plan Puppets)
  • Craig Morgan offers his thoughts on the first ten percent of the NHL season (FanRag)/