Bantering Points: 6/5/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker relays word from Adam Fox that the collision he had with Washington's Nick Jensen in the first round of the playoffs did indeed re-aggravate the knee injury he missed the majority of November with (NY Post)

Ethan Sears hears that retirement is on the table for Blake Wheeler after his one year deal with the Blueshirts in the hopes of a championship did not pan out (NY Post)

Sears also chatted with Matt Rempe about the hulking forward's desire to improve over the summer and enter training camp positioned to play a more typical depth forward role rather than the enforcer role he took up this season (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that if the Rangers can get fair value in a potential trade for Kaapo Kakko, the team should have no qualms about parting with its former second overall draft pick (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson picked up on the sentiment that the Blueshirts feel that the team is close to taking the next step towards the Stanley Cup after getting knocked out in Game 6 of the conference finals for the second time in three season (Newsday)

Neil Best points to the upbeat attitude of Artemiy Panarin as one major difference between breakup day 2023 and the 2024 edition (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano offered his takeaways from the final occasion the 2023-24 Rangers were together (LoHud)

Peter Baugh recap$ the going$ on at breakup day (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Dallas Stars' forward Joe Pavelski announced his intentions to retire from the NHL at Dallas' breakup day (Sportsnet)

New Jersey Devils' general manager Tom Fitzgerald indicated his willingness to trade the 10th overall selection the team holds in the 2024 Entry Draft as the Devils looks to rebound from an embarrassing showing in 2023-24 (TSN)