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Victim of numbers game, Mashinter sent down to Hartford

With Rick Nash’s imminent return to the Rangers line-up the team today sent Brandon Mashinter back to the Hartford WolfPack in the AHL. Mashinter appears a classic tweener, a very solid AHL’er with some NHL ability but whether with the Sharks or the Rangers, the physical winger hasn’t been able to establish himself in the NHL thus far.

Having appeared in six games for the Rangers thus far, Mashinter has averaged less than five minutes per game going scoreless along the way. For the record, Nash is close but has not committed to the line-up for the Bruins game on Tuesday. Given the return of the Rangers offensive woes (aka your boys can’t finish) Nash’s arrival in the line-up cannot happen soon enough.

14 Responses to “Victim of numbers game, Mashinter sent down to Hartford”

  1. Walt says:

    If needed for games against good teams, Mash could be brought back up, until then keep him with the Pack, and let him continue to develope!!

  2. FrankCerbone says:

    No offense guys, but Mashinter CAN PLAY in NHL now, but only in an enforcer role. Rangers don’t want an enforcer on their team, settle for a Dorsett, scrappy type player. Somehow, Vancouver can fit 6 on their team. Would a Sestito or Weise make this team?

    • Mikeyyy says:

      En fuego

    • Pete says:

      And what, the Canucks are the model franchise? Good for them with those six, but tell me Frank, what exactly have they won with that set-up? Oh that’s right, nothing.

    • AD says:

      Thisis also part of the reason why there is a very significant imbalance in Time On Ice throughout the Canucks lineup. It raises the risk the key players will not hold up through a grueling playoff run.

      • Sally says:

        Oh wait. I’ve seen that movie.

        • The Suit says:

          LOL. Except that there isn’t six enforcers on Vancouver. There’s two and one of them (Kassian) plays 13 mins a night.

          • Centerman21 says:

            I’m no judge of NHL talent but to me the way this NYR team is built. They have a need for a Mashinter more than a kid like Miller on the 4th line. If I were NYR front office I’d want Miller playing 18-20 mins a night in the top 6 with kids like him learning the pro game. Mash is big and not too bad with and away from the puck. I don’t get why AV doesn’t want to play him. They need a guy that can fight anyone. I like Dorsett a lot but he’s undersized. With Pyatt out, there’s more need for his size than Millers talent. Especially when we’re talking about the 4th line. Unlikely Mashinter turns into a top 6 forward in the NHL anyway. Why treat him like it? Unless Sather is showcasing Miller for a trade down the road. No other reason to keep him in NY to play 5-8 mins.

            • bernmeister says:

              Disagree Miller is not undersized.

              The faster we max his development w/NHL minutes, even if there are a few growing pains, the better off NYR are sooner than later.

              Miller is our only superspeed C, should be a line or Kreider Miller Cally to skate circles around everybody, best fit for AV system.

              The issue is Mashinter v. Pouillot or Dorsett. Trade both with add if necessary for upgrade if possible, settle for picks prospects. Dump Pyatt.

              If Boyle on another line and not LW, then 4th line is
              Mashinter Moore Haley/Yogan

              I lean to Yogan cause he’s big, has scoring potential, and I don’t want to lose him for nothing end of this year w/o giving him a tryout.

  3. phil says:

    who do you think sits?

  4. Bloomer says:

    I like what JT Miller brings to the table but he needs more ice time for his development. Dubi, Callahan, Artie and Stephan all become better hockey player when they got more ice time. If AV doesn’t have the confidence in JT to give him more ice time, they he would be better off with the Pack.

  5. Al says:

    http://nypost.com/2013/11/18/time-to-get-nash-ty-rangers-must-protect-returning-star/. This Larry Brooks story is a must read and gets to the heart of this post

    • Chris F says:

      Actually a reasonable piece.

    • Chris.C says:

      “Everybody who is on the ice with Gretz has to be willing to take a game misconduct penalty at any time.”

      Thats how NY needs to play.
      Brooks is correct, great article