While the Rangers practice themselves, the Connecticut Whale are preparing to open training camp soon. They have added forward Danny Hobbs to an AHL deal. Hobbs, the Rangers 7th round pick in 2007, was not signed by the Rangers after his senior season (2011-2012) at UMass-Amherst.
With the Whale adding Hobbs to an AHL deal, and the Rangers passing on adding him via an ELC, the organization gets the opportunity to develop Hobbs without having him count against the 50 contract limit.
In four years at UMass-Amherst, Hobbs finished with a line of 28-35-63 in 120 games, with 76 PIMs.