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Bantering Points: 10/2/17

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News and notes for Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are set to journey up to Lake Placid later today for a couple of days of practice and team building activities to conclude training camp. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis passes along word that Alain Vigneault is looking for a role that can suit a player of Marc Staal's abilities (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay chatted with Kevin Shattenkirk about his anticipation for the Lake Placid trip (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch comments on the challenges Shattenkirk will face in New York once the regular season begins (NY Daily News)
  • Karly Repath wonders if the 17-18 season will end the same way each of the team's last 22 seasons have (Blue Line Station)
  • David Bruce details what Lias Andersson's reassignment to Frolunda means for the former 7th overall pick (Blue Line Station)
  • Chris Studley thinks that Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith could combine to become another top pairing-caliber unit on the Blueshirts' blue line (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jess Rubenstein delivers an update on Adam Huska (Blueshirt Bulletin)

Around the NHL:

  • Taylor Baird reports that Dallas Starts play-by-play announcer Dave Strader passed away at age 62 after a valiant battle against cholangiocarcinoma. Strader was my personal favorite sports broadcaster, so we at BSB send our prayers and condolences to Strader's friends and family (Defending Big D)
  • Columbus' Josh Anderson and Detroit's Andreas Athanasiou are the only two restricted free agents that remain unsigned, plus other bits from around the league (TSN)
  • Adam Gretz highlights three questions that remain unanswered as the pre-season came to a close last night (FanRag)
  • Central Division Preview: The only sure thing is that the Colorado Avalanche are going to be bad (Puck Daddy)