Darroll Powe placed on IR, Rangers recall Brandon Mashinter

It was only a matter of time before we heard the bad news on Darroll Powe, who took a nasty fall yesterday after a collision with Matt Hendricks. Powe has been placed on IR (note: not LTIR) and the Rangers have recalled Brandon Mashinter from Connecticut to replace him on the roster.

It will be interesting to see how coach John Tortorella deploys Mashinter –likely on the fourth line in place of Powe– while also handling Chris Kreider, who is still with the club. Many assumed Kreider would get out of the press box, but that may not be the case.

27 Responses to “Darroll Powe placed on IR, Rangers recall Brandon Mashinter”

  1. Rangers fan in Boston says:

    Send Kreider down if he’s not going to play.

    • Dave says:

      I’d assume they haven’t sent him down yet because he’s going to play in a game this week. Maybe give him one last look.

  2. Chris F says:

    Mashinter for Powe? Why?

    Why not roll:

    Gaborik-Richards-Callahan
    Hagelin-Stepan-Nash
    Miller-Boyle-Kreider
    Asham-Halpern-Pyatt

    Simple fix, insert Kreider, and shuffle Pyatt down to the 4th line, he’s a physical presence who can forecheck and play along the boards. It’s not the best use of his minutes, but he’s serviceable on the 4th line.

  3. James says:

    I’m so tired of torts act. He is a joke. His line shuffling is ridiculous and he was so out coached in ever playoff series last year. Most of the ranger players especially the veterans have shut him off. This does not look like a Stanley cup team thus far. Tom Renney got so much more out of the players he had than torterella does with the stars he has. By the way the three main defenseman that he uses all the time will be burnt out by the start of the playoffs.

    • Dave says:

      Dude, there was an injury, and the lines haven’t changed. Your argument doesn’t make sense.

  4. todd says:

    I don’t get Torts at all.
    It seems he scares the sh*t out of all rookies making them think twice about what they are doing and therefore making thwm make more errors.
    I don’t get the way he always rotates five defensemen in the 3rd period.
    The defense will be toast by the end of the season just in time for the playoffs.
    I think Nash looks lost out there with Stephan as his center.

    • Dave says:

      It’s the exact opposite. He gives them sheltered minutes against weaker competition to build their confidence. If they don’t perform, then he works with them to learn, either at the NHL or AHL level.

  5. VinceR says:

    So the lines have been mostly the same for the past few games, after games with various injuries/trades/etc and he makes one call up to take a look at someone during practice, and it’s ridiculous?

    I’m sick of his joke BS too with all that Eastern Conference finals BS and being 8-3-1 in the first two games, after playing the best teams in the EC multiple times in the first 7. Ugh, and the way those vets have talked to you about shutting him off, I mean, that should be the last straw. Tell us more!

    If only someone would explain why lines get shuffled sometimes…I mean what am I going to do, read stuff? Like clicking on the Hockey Systems link above and read the Reasons for Tortarella’s Line Juggling? Nah.

    • VinceR says:

      *after the first two games

    • Dave says:

      I just don’t get it because Torts hasn’t juggled the lines. I’m not sure if people realized this, but Powe was hurt, hence a FORCED line juggling because they only had 11 forwards.

  6. SurfCityRanger says:

    James, What do you prefer the Row Lowe, Brian Trottier or Tom Renney style of Ranger Coaching? It’s a fine line between pushing your players and burning them out. At least this coach holds players accountable, they play hard and he tells the truth rather than “Politically Correct Sports Talk” that tells us nothing and is nicey, nicey. We could have done a lot worse than Torts. As a 40+ year Rangers Fan, I’m proud of this team and coaching staff.

    • rickyrants13 says:

      Accountable??? Boy is that stretching it a bit. He holds only some players accountable not all.

      And Renny may not have had an overall team as goos as the one Torts has on paper. But he had things that Torts doesnt have. He had a number one center. That could carry the puck. he also had a play maker in Jagr that was second to none. And he scored.

      I think his Def system was overall much better then torts And the plus Min showed that.

      And I find it funny as hell when people dissagree with those who are saying the Def will be burned out WHEN WE SAW IT HAPPEN LAST YEAR. And everyone one of you know. That using only 3 to 4 men on D for most of the game will and has done that.

  7. Dan Francis says:

    Mike Sullivan is supposed to be in charge of the PP and it stinks. If Mike Sullivan was a player and he was performing this poorly he’d be sitting on the bench or watching from the press box. Isn’t it time that happened here to the coach responsible for a god-awful power play attack?
    I’m not saying the Rangers should fire Sullivan. I do think he’s a great coach in aspects other than the PP. But maybe it’s time to bring in someone else to oversee the PP. The Rangers go against the grain by having only Tortorella and Sullivan behind the bench during games. Their second assistant coach is Jim Schoenfeld but he has a full plate. In addition to his assistant coaching duties Schoenfeld is the GM of the Rangers AHL affiliate in Connecticut while also serving as both the assistant general manager and director of player personnel for the club. To say he’s a busy guy would be an understatement.
    Maybe it’s time to go outside the organization and bring in a new voice for the pathetic power play. Perhaps the Rangers should hire someone else who can devote his full attention to fixing the biggest problem on this team. Maybe it’s time the Rangers coaches are held accountable for failing to put a potent power play on the ice. If the organization wants to hold their players accountable they should do the same for their coaches

  8. John Minogue says:

    Dan,
    The anemic powerplay is enough reason to can this coach (Torts). NYR have not had a decent powerplay in SIX years, since Jagr left.
    The PP play has no player movement and most of the time the entire forward line consists of left handed shots (no one timers) which makes defending against the PP relatively easy. Yet this collossal failure goes on, season to season.
    His constant line tweaking, even in playoffs last year, is mind boggling, no other coach does this. It must be unsettling to players to have different line mates week to week.

    • VinceR says:

      Yes, most coaches are canned after enormous success. Let’s fire him, bring in someone who you are currently not willing to name to fill the position, miss the playoffs, and demand the new coach’s head. Please tell me you are Glen Sather under a pseudonym!

      Line changes…read up…and yes, I’m sure professional hockey players at elite levels cannot play with others if the particular player is shifted off their line, which happens every time there is an injury, penalty, missed shift, half shift, etc.

      • Dan Francis says:

        I didn’t say to fire Torts. I said Mike Sullivan. There is way too much talent on this team to have no power play. There is no puck movement and it is very easy to defend.

  9. albert manaker says:

    In order sumthing change need immedeatly to drive TORTORELA! This is need made long time agoo!

  10. rickyrants13 says:

    Are you people for real??? All you have done was talk about JELLING and how players need time to play together. Its what we have all been complaining about for years.

    And one of the main reasons we were all giving this team a pass. When they got off to a slow start. And then you bitch at people who say the lines are changed too much???

    Well they are for whatever reasons They are. And one of those reasons is This team is allways having to go after new players. Because they dont handle their youth well enough. Its a proven fact.

    Yes they have Three out of their top six forwards being drafted players. But only one after that ( JT Miller) in the bottom six.

    When you have only 4 drafted players playing in your Top 12 forwards. There is allways going to be way too much change. And knowing all of this you still bitch when people remind you of it???

    Thats insane. And just because Torts has won somewhere else That doesnt mean he will win again. In fact he won on a team that was pitifull before he was their coach allowing them to build thru the draft. he will never have that kind of luck with the Rangers who draft anywhere from 15 to 25 every year.

    You can say what you want But everything I have said is a FACT

    • VinceR says:

      Slow start? They lost their first 2, then have gone 8-3-1. How is that slow?

      The no training camp point was not about “jelling” at all. It was about playing in general and playing to the system, and getting used it again.

      The main issue was fan over-reaction to a few early losses against some of the toughest teams in the conference. Many of which have cooled off since then.

    • VinceR says:

      “Are you people for real??? All you have done was talk about JELLING and how players need time to play together. Its what we have all been complaining about for years.” –
      Not a fact. A few have complained for years, but they think it’s specific to this team and ignore situations around the line changes.

      “And one of the main reasons we were all giving this team a pass. When they got off to a slow start. And then you bitch at people who say the lines are changed too much???

      Well they are for whatever reasons They are. And one of those reasons is This team is allways having to go after new players. Because they dont handle their youth well enough. Its a proven fact.”
      Not a fact. 8-3-1 after losing their first two is not that slow. Most teams go after new players every season. People not giving the team a break to the “slow”start because of players getting used to playing with each other, but being used to playing hockey again and getting their legs under them and getting back into the grove.

      “When you have only 4 drafted players playing in your Top 12 forwards. There is allways going to be way too much change. And knowing all of this you still bitch when people remind you of it???”
      You want to present the numbers on how teams rank on how many top 12 forwards are drafted compared to acquired vs. their success?

      “You can say what you want But everything I have said is a FACT” Definitely not a fact.

      • rickyrants13 says:

        It was all facts. And right in front of you. There are only 4 players that we have drafted in our top 12. Please tell me one top team that this is the case???