Bantering Points: 4/8/17

News and notes for Saturday, April 8th, 2017

The Rangers are back in action for another glorified scrimmage this afternoon, as the team is up north to take on the Ottawa Senators. While it would behoove New York to rest some key players regardless of who they were playing, handing Ottawa two points this afternoon could go a long way toward a deeper playoff run for the Blueshirts, as a Senators win locks them into the #2 seed in the Atlantic Division. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • Andrew Berkshire breaks down how the fortune's quickly turned for Canada's NHL teams, as they're on pace to send five teams to the playoffs after sending none last spring (Sportsnet)
  • Jason Brough hears about the drama happening around the Vancouver Canucks organization, as franchise icon Tiger Williams called out franchise icon and current president of hockey operations Trevor Linden about not being capable of handling the job (NBC Sports)
  • University of Denver student and Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher has been named the winner of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner, joining a prestigious list of names that includes Jack Connolly, Ryan Duncan, Brian Bonin, and Jimmy Vesey (Puck Daddy)/

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