Bantering Points: 3/5/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Highlights: FLA 4, NYR 2 (5:00 video via

Game Recap: It was an evenly matched battled of Eastern Conference titans for a majority of the contest, but a soft goal against Igor Shesterkin midway through the third period deflated the Rangers the rest of the way (CBS)

Mollie Walker heard from Ryan Reaves about what the former Blueshirts’ pugilist thinks about the current Blueshirts’ pugilist, Matt Rempe (NY Post)

Larry Brooks ponders what Rempe’s future on the roster is if the Rangers make the heavily rumored acquisition of Alex Wennberg from the Seattle Kraken (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson saw the primary value of Monday’s matchup being the intel gathered for a potential playoff rematch rather than jockeying for positioning in the Presidents’ Trophy (Newsday)

Stephenson also noted that Peter Laviolette opted to switch Jonny Brodzinski and Barclay Goodrow in the lineup (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano offered his takeaways from New York’s defeat against Florida (LoHud)

Around the NHL:

The New Jersey Devils have fired head coach Lindy Ruff and named Travis Green as the interim replacement (The Trentonian)

Ryan Clark reports that the Nashville Predators agreed to a three year, $10.5 million contract extension with forward Tommy Novak (ESPN)

Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 32 Thoughts (Sportsnet)

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a two-way contract with forward Max Comtois for the remainder of the 2023-24 campaign (TSN)