Bantering Points: 6/30/23

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker examines some candidates to replace the soon to be departed Jaroslav Halak as the backup to Igor Shesterkin (NY Post)

Walker also briefed us on the details of the five players the Blueshirts drafted during the second day of the 2023 Entry Draft (NY Post)

Larry Brooks discusses how the situation around Alexis Lafreniere has shifted since his time as the #1 overall selection back in 2020 (NY Post)

Tom Castro reminisces on the biggest moves that some could argue threw the Blueshirts' rebuilding efforts off the rails (The Hockey Writers)

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Around the NHL:

The Detroit Red Wings acquired forwards Klim Kostin and Kailer Yamamoto from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for future considerations (NBC Sports)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they will be buying out forward Josh Bailey shortly after acquiring him from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second round selection in the 2026 Entry Draft (Sportsnet)

The Carolina Hurricanes will not be tendering a qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Jesse Puljujarvi in the wake of his double hip surgery (TSN)