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Bantering Points: 2/3/17

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News and notes for Friday, February 3rd, 2017

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The Rangers successfully avoided a season sweep at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres last night, pulling out a 2-1 overtime victory in upstate New York. With another two points in the books, the Rangers will stay off the ice again until Super Bowl Sunday, when they'll be hosting the Calgary Flames. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • Greg Wyshynski relays the list of the NHL's You Can Play ambassadors, with Andrew Shaw, (Montreal Canadiens) Brad Marchand, (Boston Bruins) and Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks) headlining the list (Puck Daddy)
  • Jason Brough reports that a "big meeting" about the NHL's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is set to take place today (NBC Sports)
  • Dimitri Filipovich examines the value of having a depandable backup goaltender (Sportsnet)
  • hockeypassingstats suggests a new method of defining defenseman based on their transitional play. This is a long one, but well worth the read (Hockey Graphs)
  • Matt Larkin lists ten under-the-radar trade candidates for this year's trade deadline (The Hockey News)