Bantering Points: 3/8/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker told the tale of the whirlwind of activity for Alex Wennberg, his wife, and child in the hours after the newest Ranger found out he was being traded from Seattle (NY Post)

Phil Mushnick argues that the time has come for the NHL to drop its outdated promotion of fighting (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson chatted with Wennberg about his arrival in New York and the accompanying attitude shift joining a Stanley Cup contender (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano heard from Wennberg about where he expects to slot into the Blueshirts lineup (LoHud)

Jesse Courville-Lynch breaks down why Arizona’s Jason Zucker is one player the Rangers should stray away from in search of forward reinforcements (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple di$$cu$$e$ what other move$, if any, Chri$ Drury could look to make ahead of today’$ 3 PM trade deadline (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Pierre LeBrun reported that the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins were closing in on a deal for forward Jake Guentzel prior to last night’s games (TSN)

The Florida Panthers did not make any trades yesterday, but did agree to contract extensions with forward  Jonah Gadjovich (two years, $1.55 million) and defenseman Gustav Forsling (eight years, $46 million) (NBC Sports)

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Anthony Duclair and a 2025 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Jack Thompson and a 2024 third round pick (Sportsnet)