Bantering Points: 10/3/17

News and notes for Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The regular season is almost here, as the puck will drop tomorrow for eight teams. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Alex Squadron notes that Alain Vigneault will be reluctant to break up last season's trio of J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, and Michael Grabner (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis notes that Alain Vigneault will be reluctant to break up his new pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also relays word about Ed Viesturs' visit with the team during their trip to Lake Placid (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay hears that the Rangers roster is ready to be finalized at 5 PM today (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro wonders if Henrik Lundqvist will have a bounce back season, or underachieve for the second consecutive season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen breaks down why Steven Kampfer's presence on the opening night roster is concerning (Blue Line Station)
  • Cohen also gave five thoughts ahead of the start of the regular season (Blue Line Station)
  • Shayna Goldman presents five questions that the Rangers must answer sooner rather than later (FanRag)
  • Dominick Renna welcomes Alain Vigneault to the hot seat (Elite Sports NY)
  • Matt Calamia reports that Igor Shesterkin was named the goalie of the month for September in the KHL with an 8-0-0 record and a .955 Save% (Official Team Site)
  • Brandon Halverson, Sergey Zborovskiy, and Adam Chapie have been assigned to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to open the ECHL season (Official Team Sites)/

Around the NHL:

  • Michael MacCillivray reports that Tanner Glass' chanes for a roster spot in Calgary took a major hit yesterday, as the Flames elected to sign Jaromir Jagr to a one year contract (Matchsticks and Gasoline)
  • Luke Fox lists 31 people who will shape the 17-18 NHL season, both on and off the ice (Sportsnet)
  • Cam Tucker saw that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson caved to his team's demands, and signed a three year, $5.55 million contract to end his holdout (NBC Sports)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kerby Rychel, Boston Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban, and Vegas Golden Knights forward Teemu Pulkkinen headline the list of players waived yesterday (TSN)
  • Justin Cuthebert previews the Metropolitan Division (Puck Daddy)/