Bantering Points: 3/28/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks notes that with a playoff berth officially locked in, the Blueshirts will turn their attention towards securing the Metropolitan Division crown, and potentially the Presidents’ Trophy (NY Post)

Brooks also argues that how Mika Zibanejad performs in the playoffs will go a long way towards making or breaking his legacy as a Ranger (NY Post)

Neil Best highlights the excitement of the team’s regular season success as something to enjoy before the stress of the playoffs begins (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano breaks down why Jack Roslovic has become the latest linemate for Zibanejad and Chris Kreider in the seemingly never ending search for a suitable right winger for the pair (LoHud)

Lucas Standel points to three things Peter Laviolette’s Blushirts can take from the Gerard Gallant iterations that fell short in the playoffs (The Hockey Writers)

Peter Baugh detail$ the ri$e of Matt Rempe and what there i$ to New York’$ late$t $tar a$side from the fight$ (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

The proposed plan hatched by Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin and Washington Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis to move the Capitals (and the NBA’s Washington Wizards) to Alexandria, Virginia officially fell through (NBC Sports)

Washington Capitals’ defenseman Ethan Bear will be away from the team indefinitely after entering the player assistance program (TSN)

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins by a 3-1 margin in a pivotal Eastern Conference playoff race matchup, as Boston was denied an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot for a second consecutive night (Sportsnet)