Bantering Points: 6/2/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Highlights: FLA 2, NYR 1 (5:03 video via

Game Recap: The inability for New York's stars to generate offense had been the story of the series, and story continued all the way through until the final horn sounded on the Rangers' season, falling in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three years (CBS Sports)

Larry Brooks argued prior to Game 6 that this particular Blueshirts' team was built to survive moments like the one that ended their season (NY Post)

Ted Holmlund took note of a fan in the stands at Amerant Bank Arena with a print out of Mark Messier's famous Game 6 guarantee in 1994 that New York was unable to replicate 30 years later (NY Post)

Mollie Walker discusses the Rangers' season-ending defeat at the hands of a Florida Panthers team that kept them clamped down throughout the series (NY Post)

Andrew Gross writes that after seeing New York's season end at the exact same juncture it did in the first year of Chris Drury's reign as general manager, the team's next step must be a forward one in their quest for a championship (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano ponders what is next for the Rangers after ending the 2023-24 campaign in the usual fashion of crushing playoff defeat (LoHud)

Brian Abate sees the Blueshirts' Eastern Conference Final showing as one extended, drawn let down of Igor Shesterkin (The Hockey Writers)

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Around the NHL:

Rory Boylen examines what the fallout of a potential buyout of Jesperi Kotkaniemi out of the Carolina Hurricanes would look like (Sportsnet)

Jacob Stoller lists three forwards that could be traded in the offseason (The Hockey News)