Bantering Points: 6/29/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker relays word of the Rangers' selection of USNTDP defenseman EJ Emery with the 30th overall selection of the 2024 Entry Draft (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson pondered the futures of Kaapo Kakko and Jacob Trouba as the pair of have been the subject of trade chatter ahead of the draft and free agency (Newsday)

Corey Pronman graded New York'$ $election of Emery (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

The first round of the 2024 Entry Draft is in the books, with 32 selections made and a handful of trades consummated to set the stage for the latter portion of the draft (TSN)

The Nashville Predators agreed to an eight year, $61.92 million contract extension with goaltender Juuse Saros (NBC Sports)

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is expected to test unrestricted free agency after the team and player were unable to agree to a contract extension (Sportsnet)

Ryan Clark reports that the Philadelphia Flyers will buy out the final year of forward Cam Atkinson's contract (ESPN)