Bantering Points: 11/3/16

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series last night, finally ending their 108 year long championship drought. That ended a drought that was twice as long as the Rangers' previous Stanley Cup drought, so congrats to them now that the waiting is over. Anyway, Benoit Pouliot, Cam Talbot, and the rest

Rangers news:

  • Larry Brooks highlights what makes this Rangers team the real deal, while also providing an expansion draft forecast (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis sees how Ryan McDonagh's start to the season is something the Rangers haven't seen since the days of Brian Leetch (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay thinks that Brady Skjei has bounced back from his rough training camp, and his finding his groove in the NHL (Newsday)
  • John Williams reminds us that the Rangers' excellent forward depth has largely masked their sub-par defense corps (Blue Line Station)
  • Kevin Baumer believes the Rangers summer re-tooling has elevated them back into a top-tier contender (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Monica McAlister reports that the Rangers and Calle Andersson have agreed to mutually terminate his contract (with Anaheim and Mason Raymond doing the same) (Today's Slapshot)
  • Ken Campbell releases his power rankings, with the Rangers coming in at 5th (The Hockey News)
  • Kevin Hayes chats with NHL Now and discusses his hot start (3:21 Video Via Official Team Site)
  • Alumni Interviews: Paul Mara (1:46) and P.J. Stock (4:04) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Kevin Allen points out five peculiar stats that won't last through the end of the season (USA Today)
  • Luke Fox evaluates the 22 players eligible to slide on their Entry Level Contracts, and determines their chances of sticking around beyond nine games (Sportsnet)
  • Greg Wyshynski saw that Capitals prospect Madison Bowey posted an Instagram video of himself smoking something, before deleting it later in the day (Puck Daddy)
  • Garret Hohl presents his argument for why plus-minus should no longer be a recorded stat (Hockey Graphs)/