bantering points: 4/19/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

larry brooks highlights adam fox's strong play down the stretch of the regular season as new york's top defenseman rounded into form just in time for the playoffs (ny post)

mollie walker notes that of tom wilson attempts any of the antics he has become infamous for throughout his career, matt rempe will be there to answer the bell for the blueshirts (ny post)

colin stephenson heard from peter laviolette about coaching against his former team in the first round, while also noting that another team formerly coached by laviolette awaits in the second round should the rangers advance past the capitals (newsday)

albert bainbridge iv offers his analysis on the blueshirts through a sports gambling lens (lohud)

sammi silber relays word that the lindgren brothers, new york's ryan and washington's charlie, have agreed not to speak to each other until the conclusion of their opening round playoff series against each other (the hockey news)

scott blair reminisces on wayne gretzky's final game as a ranger, which took place 25 years ago yesterday (the hockey writers)

$hayna goldman, dom lu$zczy$zyn, and $ean gentille teamed up to break down the upcoming $erie$ between new york and wa$hington (the athletic)

around the nhl:

the league's board of governors officially approved the sale of the arizona coyotes to the smith entertainment group, the first step in the team's anticipated move to salt lake city ahead of the 2024-25 campaign (nbc sports)

travis yost makes the case for why the incoming utah team will be a success in ways that the arizona franchise never was (tsn)

pittsburgh penguins' forward jeff carter announced his retirement from the nhl, capping off a career that spanned parts of 19 seasons, four teams, and a pair of stanley cups (espn)

the vancouver canucks agreed to a two year, $2 million contract extension with forward vasily podkolzin (sportsnet)