Bantering Points: 5/17/23

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks writes that although it would be far from the flashiest hire, bringing on Peter Laviolette as the Blueshirts' next head coach could be the most sensible choice (NY Post)

Vincent Mercogliano ponders the possibility of Kris Knoblauch being promoted from his head coaching position in AHL Hartford to serve as Gerard Gallant's successor (LoHud)

Caleb Kerney sees the Rangers as a potential match for some trades with the Detroit Red Wings (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

The ballot initiatives regarding a potential permanent arena in Tempe for the Arizona Coyotes resoundingly failed at the polls, leaving the Coyotes' long term future in doubt (Sportsnet)

While the Coyotes are a Sun Belt team struggling to find success on or off the ice, the 2023 Conference Finals will mark the southern-most of its kind with teams based in Nevada, Texas, North Carolina, and Florida participating (NBC Sports)

Greg Wyshynski relays word from members of the Seattle Kraken organization, and how their run to a Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs will serve as a building block after only their second season in the league (ESPN)