Bantering Points: 2/7/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Andrew Crane heard from Jacob Trouba about the unsuccessful appeal of his two game suspension and his upcoming return to the lineup tonight (NY Post)

Crane also discussed what has become Jonny Brodzinski’s lengthiest NHL stint and the mindset the veteran forward has developed after years of bouncing between the NHL and AHL (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson chatted with Trouba and previewed tonight’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Newsday)

Brennan McLain talks about the Blueshirts’ placement of Nick Bonino on unconditional waivers for purposes of contract termination (Pro Hockey Rumors)

Around the NHL:

D.J. Smith, who was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators in December, has been hired by the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant coach to interim coach Jim Hiller (TSN)

Justin Bourne projects Team Canada’s roster for the 2025 Four Nations Faceoff (Sportsnet)

Greg Wyshynski reports that the Chicago Blackhawks will host the St. Louis Blues at Wrigley Field, home of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs, in the 2025 Winter Classic (ESPN)