Bantering Points: 7/1/24

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Mollie Walker relays the scouting reports of the three players the Blueshirts selected in the latter portion of the 2024 Entry Draft (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson argues that Chris Drury owes it to Jacob Trouba to quickly resolve the current trade situation regarding the captain, even though Trouba is reportedly the one holding up any potential deal at the moment (Newsday)

Remy Mastey reports that family considerations for Trouba are the primary roadblock to his exit from Broadway (The Hockey News)

Around the NHL:

The Tampa Bay Lighting acquired Jake Guentzel's negotiating rights from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2025 third round pick, and are expected to sign Guentzel before free agency begins (NBC Sports)

The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Jonathan Kovacevic from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2026 fourth round pick (TSN)

Emily Kaplan reports that the Detroit Red Wings agreed to a one year, 35+ contract extension with forward Patrick Kane with a base value of $4 million that can be pushed as high as $6.5 million with incentives (ESPN)

Elliotte Friedman authors an abbreviated version of 32 Thoughts (Sportsnet)