Brendan Bell And Stu Bickel Waived; Roster Appears Set

October 4, 2011, by

This sure has been a busy day for the New York Rangers organization.  First, we heard that Sean Avery is going to be waived, having lost out in the battle for the 13th forward position to Erik Christensen.  Shortly after, we heard that Dale Weise will indeed get a shot at the NHL, as he was claimed off waivers by the Vancouver Canucks.  Now, Brendan Bell and Stu Bickel have been waived, which means that the Rangers roster is set for the start of the year.

The fact that Bell and Bickel have been waived means that the coaching staff expects Mike Sauer to play in the regular season openers in Sweden.  Sauer had been out with a sprained right shoulder, and didn’t play a single game in Europe.  Although Sauer is back, the Rangers will need to dress at least one of Bickel or Bell in the first two regular season games, as they currently have just five healthy defensemen.  This is not an uncommon scenario, the Rangers did this with Todd White a bunch of times last season.

The Rangers roster appears to be set:

Goal (3): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer*
Defense (6): Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal
Forward (13): Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello

Just a note regarding Stajcer, any team opening the season in Europe is allowed to carry an extra goaltender for the duration of the trip.  When the Rangers return, expect Stajcer to be returned to a CHL team for an overage season.

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  1. NYR Fan says:

    I thought Bickel looked solid. Hopefully he comes back at some point

  2. Mikeyyyy says:

    Dude. Not another season of EC.

    I don’t think I can take it. I guess the price point is right though.

    He better get his shtuff together.

  3. scrangersfan says:

    I can not believe that with all the excellent prospects,not one made the roster. I would have picked Ryan Borque over E.C. That would be a no brainer.The fun will start Friday,lets see if all the hype will be for real.

    • Dave says:

      This roster wasn’t really designed to have a prospect make the team. There is no need to rush these kids.

    • bob says:

      I could see Bourque playing if we didnt sign Fedetenko,but we did.Otherwise he dont fit anywhere on the team.Let him play top 6 mins. in the minors.

  4. rumble says:

    How can you say the roster is set? Stahl ain’t playing right now and we don’t know when he’ll play again. So the defense is not “set” and why did they waive Bickel – the only Ranger I’ve seen in so long ever effectively – throwing punches that landed – defend a fellow ranger (Flyer game). Emenger sucks – the Ranger defense is suspect.

    What does it say about your team when you allow the ultimate traitor and loafer Christensen stay on the team – last year – and then make it again the following year – this year? That’s a joke.
    That guy is pathetic. He plays like he couldn’t care less what happens on the ice.

    I would much rather have some young kid – and there were plenty this camp – play with their heart and soul and make mistakes than have this loser christensen. Same old rangers.

    • jffrazer says:

      I totally agree with rumbles comments. Bickel stood upo for deveaux when boarded. EC, unless being shopped in a trade, should go and a youngster added as 13th fwd.

      • Dave says:

        What is the point of having a prospect sit in the press box? Prospects need the playing time, they get that in CT. No need to rush them.

    • Dave says:

      Notice the use of the word “appears” in the title.

      Also, see my comment about regarding Christensen. I do not like him, at all, but I’d rather him as the 13th guy than a prospect who needs playing time.

      • scrangersfan says:

        That is a very good point.I agree that if a prospect does not get ample ice time, he would be better served by playing in CT.