Rangers Recall Stu Bickel

December 18, 2011, by

With the injuries mounting, the Rangers had to recall a defenseman just to have enough bodies on the blue line. That defenseman is Stu Bickel, who has been recalled by the Rangers. In 27 games with the CT Whale, Bickel has a goal, three assists, and 80 PIMs. He has been one of the more steady defensemen on the Whale’s blue line.

The decision to call up Bickel as opposed to Tim Erixon or Brendan Bell was made for two reasons. First, the Rangers have minimal cap space available, as Mike Rupp is no longer on LTIR. That essentially eliminated Erixon and his $1.75 million cap hit. Second, the Rangers need someone who is not subject to re-entry waivers, as the holiday roster freeze is tomorrow. That eliminated Bell, who needs re-entry waivers to be recalled.

Bickel was the last defenseman cut in camp, and has put together a solid season thus far for the Whale. He has certainly earned his shot, and as long as he plays well, will be with the team for the foreseeable future.

The press release is after the jump.

Stu Bickel Recalled from Connecticut

New York, December 18, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Stu Bickel has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Bickel, 25, has recorded two points (one goal and one assist) and a plus-two rating in the last four games.  In 27 games with Connecticut this season, he has registered one goal and three assists, along with 80 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating.  His plus-four rating is tied for third on the team.  Bickel recorded his first shorthanded point of the season with an assist on Friday vs. Bridgeport.

The Chanhassen, Minnesota native was acquired by the Rangers from Anaheim in exchange for Nigel Williams on November 23, 2010.  He was originally signed by the Ducks as an undrafted free agent on July 2, 2008.

The Rangers’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 19, is 11:30 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.


  1. bob says:

    I didn’t know he was not subjected to waivers.Thats great.He also adds some toughness on the back end.We got a string of divisional games and will need that element.If they are not ready to leave Erixon up here,then let his stay down there and play big minutes.Gernander uses the guys in all situations down there,which is great for his development.That reminds me of a good laugh I had a couple weeks ago.The Whale were killing a 5-3,and Zuccarelllo was the forward.When they came together for a scrum,It was unbelievable,Zuc looked like a kid next to 6’4 Bickel and whoever was the other D.I wonder what Zucs actual height is.

    • Walt says:

      Four foot four!!!!!!!

    • The Suit says:

      Bickel is only exempt from re-entry waivers (due to his AHL salary being under $105K). He was already on regular waivers earlier this season.

      • bob says:

        So he can be grabbed by another team and we will not be responsible for half his salary.Is this correct?

        • The suit says:

          Initially yes, but since he is exempt from reentry waivers, he can’t be claimed.

  2. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers have been looking a little soft in the last few games. Adding Ruff (with the subtraction of EC) and now Bickle will give them some more grit.

  3. Jess says:

    Excuse me we have 3 penalties on this post:

    First Dave gets 2 minutes for correctly using the salary cap to explain why Bickel not Erixon

    Second Dave gets a 5 minute major for “not reaching and pushing panic button” this one will be subject to review by the 3 Stooges and Dave could be subjected to further discipline

    The Suit receives a 10 minute misconduct for failing to respond with a witty remark on a Sunday.

    Cmon guys either drink the Kool-Aid or freak out, get with the program so cmon try it with me:

    Oh golly gee the sky is falling

    Oh golly gee the sky is falling

    Oh golly gee the sky is falling

    Oh golly gee the sky is falling