Bantering Points: 5/7/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Ethan Sears heard from the Rangers about the less-than perfect victory on Game 1, with the overall sentiment being it's not how you win games at this time of year, just how many (NY Post)

Mark Cannizarro relays word that Blake Wheeler's return to the ice for Monday's practice session was a shot in the arm even if Wheeler's availability moving forward still up in the air (NY Post)

Mollie Walker highlights New York's star players, all of whom have risen to the occasion thus far and helped but the disastrous 2023 playoff showing in the distant past (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson discussed the importance of blocking shots against a Hurricanes team that loves nothing more than flinging the puck towards the net as often as possible (Newsday)

Neil Best details the bond between Igor Shesterkin and New York Islanders' goaltender Ilya Sorokin (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano ponders whether or not Blake Wheeler will be an option for the Blueshirts later in the playoffs (LoHud)

Around the NHL:

Winnipeg Jets' head coach announced his retirement from coaching, ending a career behind the bench that began in 1984 and spanned for nearly 40 seasons (NBC Sports)

Luke Fox makes the case for why after yet another playoff failure in Toronto, the Maple Leafs may want to seek out a trade for Mitch Marner (Sportsnet)

Darren Dreger reports that the Ottawa Senators will hire Travis Green, most recently the New Jersey Devils' interim head coach down the stretch of this regular season, as their new head coach (TSN)

The Boston Bruins earned a statement victory in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division finals, knocking off the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-1 (ESPN)