Bantering Points: 2/15/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Peter Botte notes that after a series of personnel changes failed to spice up New York’s power play, there’s nothing else for the Blueshirts to do except keep trying (NY Post)

Botte also highlights Adam Edstrom’s opportunity to replace the recently waived Tyler Pitlick (NY Post)

Denis Gorman heard from Peter Laviolette about Edstrom getting the first crack at carving out a depth role in the NHL after his time at AHL Hartford (Newsday)

Brian Abate discusses how Jimmy Vesey has emerged as one of the best bargains on New York’s roster since signing a two year extension midway through last season (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple and Jeremy Rutherford talked about the opportunity to enter free agency in$tead of $igning a contract with the team that draft$ a player playing NCAA hockey, and the handful of player$ the Ranger$ have acquired that way (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Luke Fox relays word that Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Morgan Rielly will appeal the five game suspension he was given for cross checking Ridley Grieg in the head following an empty net goal (Sportsnet)

The Philadelphia Flyers named Sean Couturier the 20th captain in franchise history, filling the vacancy left in the wake of the Claude Giroux trade in 2022 (TSN)