Bantering Points: 3/2/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Denis Gorman notes that even as the Blueshirts sit atop the Metropolitan Division, some reinforcements at the trade deadline would be much appreciated (Newsday)

Brian Abate makes the case for another deal in the mold of the Niko Mikkola and Justin Braun trades the Rangers have made each of the last two seasons (The Hockey Writers)

Jacob Billington relays word of the two year, two-way contract extension New York agreed to with Connor Mackey (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

The New Jersey Devils acquired Kurtis MacDermid from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Zakhar Bardakov and a seventh round selection in the 2024 Entry Draft (Sportsnet)

Greg Wyshynski reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired prospect Kirill Slepets and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin in exchange for 2025 third and 2024 sixth round picks in a three team trade with the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes (ESPN)