Bantering Points: 3/9/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: TB 5, NYR 3 (4:43 video via
  • Game Recap: Tampa’s 21 shots on goal in the 1st period set the tone for the game as they cruised past the Rangers (CBS)
  • Brett Cyrgalis thinks last night’s contest shows how far the Blueshirts’ must climb before reaching the top of the league again (NY Post)
  • Karly Redpath details why the team could have held off on their rebuild (Blue Line Station)
  • Steve Paulus describes why tanking for the final month of the season is crucial to the organization’s future success (Blue Line Station)
  • Phil Kocher argues that Ryan Spooner’s play has put the Rangers in a difficult position as the off-season approaches (The Hockey Writers)
  • Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller addressed the feeling of getting traded from New York to one of the league’s best franchises (3:13 video via Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Chris Oddo notes that Washington Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson is set to break the bank as he hits free agency in July (FanRag)
  • Vancouver Canucks’ prospect Elias Pettersson, taken 6th overall in the 2017 Entry Draft, broke the Swedish Hockey League’s record for points by a teenager (TSN)
  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Sam McCaig examines who each team’s MVP has been this season (The Hockey News)/