Bantering Points: 9/27/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYI 4, NYR 3 (4:08 video via
  • Recap in pictures: Much like the regular season, the Rangers best effort wasn’t enough to earn a victory against the Islanders (Newsday)
  • Colin Stephenson chatted with Mats Zuccarello about his mindset heading into what could be his final season on Broadway (Newsday)
  • Larry Brooks argues that Vinni Lettieri’s recent performance has vaulted him into the discussion for a roster spot (NY Post)
  • Thomas Conroy believes that Adam McQuaid’s veteran presence, blue-collar play, and future trade value will pay off for New York down the line (The Hockey Writers)
  • Dave Shapiro offered his thoughts on the Rangers’ current state prior to last night’s action (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Shapiro also thinks that center depth is one again a strong point throughout the organization (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dominick Renna believes that it would make more sense to move Filip Chytil away from center ice as opposed to Lias Andersson (Elite Sports NY)
  • Steve Paulus reflects on some of the best UDFA’s in Blueshirts’ history (Blue Line Station)
  • Drew McCaffrey reminds us that patience is a virtue, and it’s one Rangers fans should acquire sooner rather than later (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis ponders if teams can have successful seasons in spite of missing the playoffs (Blue Line Station)/

Around the NHL:

  • Mark Spector reports that Edmonton Oilers defenseman Evan Bouchard, taken one pick after Vitali Kravtsov, has looked like he belonged throughout his first NHL training camp (Sportsnet)
  • Rick Westhead reports that the NHL will be heading to court with former players over their handling of concussions throughout the spring and summer of 2019 (TSN)
  • James O‘Brien wonders if the Nashville Predators decision to assign top prospect Eeli Tolvanen to AHL Milwaukee with a European assignment clause looming was the smart one (NBC Sports)
  • Jared Clinton reports that Seattle’s local government has approved $700 million worth of renovations for KeyArena, paving the way for the NHL to return to Seattle in 2020 (The Hockey News)
  • CJ Woodling passes along word that Anaheim Ducks’ forward Corey Perry will miss the next five months following surgery on his right knee (Anaheim Calling)/