Bantering Points: 5/21/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Larry Brooks reflects on the "Kid Line" trio of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, and Kaapo Kakko from the 2022 playoffs and the development paths each have taken over the last two years (NY Post)

Ethan Sears details the progress Chytil has made in his effort to return to New York's lineup after being forced out of the final three games of the second round (NY Post)

Sears also examined the connections between the Rangers and Panthers ahead of their Eastern Conference Final clash (NY Post)

Andrew Gross offers his take on why Rangers fans should trust Chris Drury as he builds what everyone hopes will be a championship winning roster (Newsday)

Colin Stephenson discusses the confidence the Blueshirts have in their power play in spite of the lull the unit experienced in the latter portion of the second round (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano poses five questions, the answers to which may shape the way the upcoming series against the Panthers plays out (LoHud)

Sam Henes highlights the need for New York's depth scorers to up their game in order to defeat Florida (The Hockey Writers)

Peter Baugh heard from variou$ member$ of the team about Blake Wheeler'$ battle back from what wa$ believed to be a $ea$on-ending injury to returning to practice and giving Peter Laviolette another lineup option (The Athletic)

The Athletic'$ $erie$ preview for the Ea$tern Conference Final ha$ been relea$ed, and the Ranger$ once again find them$elve$ as underdog$ (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Former Anaheim Ducks' forward Ondrej Kase will look to return to the NHL for the 2024-25 season after spending this season playing in his native Czechia (TSN)

Great Britain and Poland fell in the group stage of the IIHF World Championships, and will be relegated out of the top division for next year's event (ESPN)

The Edmonton Oilers went into Vancouver and knocked off the Canucks in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars (Sportsnet)