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In case you haven't noticed there's a big gaping hole in the 2013-14 NHL schedule from February 9th thru the 25th. And the reason for that? The Olympics of course.
On Friday, the NHL announced that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure participation of NHL players in the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
And as in past years, the Rangers should be well represented.
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy thinks that Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh will all be headed to Sochi for Team USA.
Lambert previously left Stepan and McDonagh off the roster in a projection earlier this year.
Chris Peters at CBS Sports says Callahan is his favorite to become Team USA captain.
...despite last season's success, Stepan is still making a name for himself in the NHL, so while I agree with Lambert that he should make the team, I'm not 10...
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