Bantering Points: 2/28/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: TBL 4, NYR 3 (Video via
  • Game Recap: A valiant comeback after a disastrous first period wasn’t enough for the Blueshirts to earn two points against the NHL’s best team (WRAL)
  • Larry Brooks notes that Brendan Lemieux is the apple that didn’t fall far from the tree (NY Post)
  • Rob Celletti examines David Quinn’s impact on the Rangers’ rebuild (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Sean Treppedi attempts to digest the departures of Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes (Empire Writes Back)
  • Jim Madden hands out his grades for New York’s trade deadline moves (Blue Line Station)
  • David Bruce notes that Igor Shestyorkin’ days in the KHL are running out (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis takes a look at how good Chris Kreider really is (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto discusses how being a Blueshirts fan isn’t much more than an nonstop ride on the struggle bus (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dominick Renna argues that the organization’s toughest decisions are the most essential ones of their rebuild (Elite Sports NY)
  • Tom Castro sees Brendan Lemieux’s addition as the answer to the Rangers’ lack of grit (The Hockey Writers)
  • The Rangers secured an exclusive interview with Jeff Gorton concerning the team’s deadline moves (3:11 video via Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Eric Francis notes that as the Toronto Maple Leafs go on the road to take on the New York Islanders, John Tavares’ first game back on Long Island will be one to remember (Sportsnet)
  • The Arizona Coyotes agreed to a two year, $1.55 million contract extension with forward Conor Garland (TSN)
  • The proposed plan for a new Ottawa Senators’ arena in the Lebreton Flats area of downtown Ottawa has officially fallen through, leaving the Senators’ future in question (Silver Seven Sens)
  • Scott Billeck relays word that New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Mirco Mueller was taken off the ice via stretcher after crashing head first into the boards during his team’s 2-1 defeat against the Calgary Flames (NBC Sports)/