Bantering Points: 2/24/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker highlights the multi-goal effort Alexis Lafreniere put forth against the Devils as the latest step in the former first overall pick’s ascension to stardom (NY Post)

Matt Ehalt tells the tale of a Devils fan that showed more fight than his team did on Thursday, so much so that he got kicked out for trying to headbutt another fan (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson notes that although Brennan Othmann was recalled from AHL Hartford ahead of the Devils game, the rookie winger did not suit up for that contest before being sent back down on Friday (Newsday)

Dave Stubbs reports that Jean-Guy Talbot, a five time Stanley Cup champion as a player who also coached the Rangers during the 1977-78 campaign, passed away at age 91 (

Mike Fink details the swarm of injuries the Wolf Pack have had to deal with since interim head coach Steve Smith took over for the departed Kris Knoblauch (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple relay$ word regarding the Ranger$ expected trade deadline approach (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman discussed the team’s lagging attendance numbers and expressed a need for those numbers to improve for Winnipeg to succeed on and off the ice (Sportsnet)

The Arizona Coyotes placed forward Adam Ruzicka on unconditional waivers for purposes of contract termination after Ruzicka posted videos of what appeared to be cocaine on his Instagram profile (ESPN)

Originally believed to be out for the season after undergoing offseason surgery, Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has been spotted at team skates as he attempts to return to the lineup this season (TSN)