Bantering Points: 6/6/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Ethan Sears relays word of Jacob Trouba calling out a Barstool Sports-affiliated podcast that attempted to make light out of mental health awareness and suicide prevention (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson ponders whether or not Kaapo Kakko will return for s sixth season on Broadway after sitting as a healthy scratch earlier in the Eastern Conference Final (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano muses about a possible change of scenery being mutually beneficial to Kakko and the Rangers (LoHud)

Mercogliano also chatted with Matt Rempe about becoming a more well-rounded player over the summer and preparing to battle for a spot on the opening night roster next season (LoHud)

Brendan Azoff thinks that the Kris Knoblauch-led Edmonton Oilers, who the Rangers passed over for their head coaching vacancy last summer, being in the Stanley Cup Final adds an extra layer of disappointment to New York's elimination (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple and Peter Baugh project what the Blue$hirt$ ro$ter could look like when the 2024-25 campaign begin$ (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

For the first time in league history, the top four selections of a draft class will compete in the same Stanley Cup Final as Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett's Panthers will clash with Leon Draisaitl's Oilers in a 2014 draft class reunion (NBC Sports)

Former New York Islanders' head coach Lane Lambert has been hired as an associate coach for Craig Berube's staff on the Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN)

Travis Yost highlights Edmonton's top line of Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as one of the most prolific scoring trios the playoffs have ever seen (TSN)