Bantering Points: 3/9/17

News and notes for Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The Rangers are heading into the eye of the storm tonight, as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks speculates on the Rangers defense corps of the future, the expansion draft, and more (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay discusses how Brady Skjei has served as an effective Keith Yandle replacement this season (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch believes that New York can make the current road trip even more of a success by fixing their power play (NY Daily News)
  • Dave Shapiro cites the home team's privilege of the last change as a reason for the Rangers' struggles at Madison Square Garden (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen examines New York's players currently on bridge contracts, and what their next deals could look like (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams offers his thoughts on the most controversial topic in hockey (Blue Line Station)
  • Ben Whitney doesn't think the Rangers are tough enough to survive the grind of a potential postseason run (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia chatted with Sean Day after the team's star prospect inked an entry level deal yesterday (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Rory Boylen reports that Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan took a page out of John Tortorella's playbook, dressing enforcer Tom Sestito last night in Winnipeg and having the hard-nosed winger sakte three shifts for 1:02 total ice time before getting ejected (Sportsnet)
  • Scott Cullen hands out statistic-based awards through three quarters of the NHL season (TSN)
  • James O'Brien hears that the league plans on televising the 2017 Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights (NBC Sports)/

Do you know who the Ranger in the picture is?