Bantering Points: 5/6/23

Here are today's news and links:

Colin Stephenson highlights the impending salary cap crunch and whether or not to retain Gerard Gallant as the top priorities for Chris Drury to tackle as the offseason gets underway (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano heard from Aretemiy Panarin about his frustrations with not living up to expectations for a second consecutive spring (LoHud)

Matt Grazel lists three potential destinations for Vladimir Tarasenko in the likely event the Rangers are unable to retain him (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

Dave Hakstol (SEA), Jim Montgomery (BOS), and Lindy Ruff (NJD) have been named as finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach (TSN)

The Tampa Bay Lightning agreed to a two year, $1.6 million contract extension with forward Micheal Eyssimont (Sportsnet)

The Carolina Hurricanes blew out the New Jersey Devils for a second consecutive game, securing a 6-1 victory to take a 2-0 series lead in the Metropolitan Division Finals as the scene shifts to Newark (ESPN)