Rangers Recall Vinni Lettieri From Hartford

December 28, 2017, by

Vinni Lettieri in preseason action vs. Philadelphia

The Rangers made a roster move this morning, recalling Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolfpack.  Though we have no further information at this time, it’s safe to assume that Chris Kreider will miss Friday’s game in Detroit.

Lettieri was one of the bright spots in training camp this fall, and his good play continued into his first full season of professional hockey at the AHL level.  Lettieri has scored 12 goals and added 9 assists for 21 points in 31 games played for the Pack.

With Jesper Fast already on IR, the Rangers were down to 11 healthy forwards after Kreider’s injury last night, necessitating this call-up.  Peter Holland, who was acquired in a trade for Adam Cracknell on November 30, was likely the other forward under consideration.  Holland has 243 games of NHL experience to his credit, and has posted 11 points in 10 games with the Wolfpack.

Lettieri will likely slot in on the fourth line, alongside Paul Carey and Boo Nieves.  That said, you never really know with AV, do you?

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  1. Richter1994 says:



    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Damn that AV. Not calling him up sooner probably cost him the Calder….maybe even the Hart!

      Seriously, he’s apparently been playing well, so let’s see how it will translate to the NHL level. Although I suspect if he doesn’t get it at least 15 minutes TOI per game right off the bat, and if he’s not on a line with the “right” guys, then I’m sure this blog will explode if poor Vinnie doesn’t get “fair” treatment. 🙂

      • tanto says:

        Nah, 12 minutes would be enough.

      • Puckpaul says:

        Yeah, AV is just great, awesome coach.

      • Richter1994 says:

        I actually heard that AV tried to call up Pyatt, another trusted vet, but then realized that he’s not in the organization any more.

        Then AV tried for Genander, but then was told that he hasn’t been a player in a few years.

        So, future HOFamer Vinnie Lettieri was next up. But Vinnie will have to stop and get AV a new pack of gum before he arrives in NY.

      • Richter1994 says:

        I mean you will give Vinnie 5 minutes playing time before you opine and VINdicate AV for not calling him up right away, correct? 🙂

        LOL, VINdicated. Get it? 🙂

      • RichS says:

        Letteri is second in points and leads team in goals, and is righty ………..I have not seen him play in hartford, but who says he is apparently not playing well?
        That being said, I dont expect a lot out of him, but he if he plays like he did in preseason he appears to be an upgrade over Carey and DD.
        Not sure if it was you who was down on Anton Strallman…..?
        He is currently leading the league in plus minus with + 24…….another Sather/AV success story…..for another team! Couldn’t resist……

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:


          Huh? What? Not following you here buddy.

          I said…

          “….he’s apparently been playing well”. I did not say the opposite.

          It’s always good to keep expectations low with what I would call “B” level type prospects. This isn’t the next McDavid here. The transition to the NHL is not always easy. So yes, agree, don’t expect much but hope for the best. That’s the way I do it anyway.

          Carey and DD have been just fine in their roles. Both good signings for what they are. No complaints.

          As for Stralman, I was never down on the guy. Would have liked if he could have stayed. But at what price and term? At the time, it was hardly a slam dunk to keep him. His track record had not been real good up until his last year or so in NY, when he was good (but hardly great). Go back and read the articles of that time. Girardi was considered by far the better player and when he came off the market, many thought the Rangers made a good move retaining the best available defenseman at that time.

          Obviously, I think we’d all agree we’d like to do that one over. Want to blame Sather? Fair enough. Blame AV? I’d say that’s a reach without evidence to support he wanted him out, which I doubt.

          • RichS says:

            Sorry, read your comment wrong…….regarding letteri…
            It probably was someone else who commented as to strallmans poor play the past few years……
            I remember him as being our ”’best defenseman”’ the last 1/3 of the season and the playoffs and was really disappointed to see him go …..later we find out sather didn’t even make an offer and strallman said he would have taken less to stay here…..said….yes it was sathers call but do you think the coach had zero input in the decision?

            • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

              “The last 1/3 of the season”. That’s the key here. Probably true (other than McDonagh). But remember, they already made the decision to keep Girardi at that point. So do you open the vault to keep Stralman too? I know he said he would take a discount, but how much of one?

              As I said before, part of the GM’s job is to project ahead. In June of 2014, the Rangers had to project ahead and maybe assume that, by now, Kreider and Miller might be further along and would therefore be paid more. And perhaps a bigger deal for a then up and coming player like Derek Stepan. Again, I’m just speculating here, but the point is the decision to retain Stralman couldn’t be made in a vacuum and not consider the effect on the rest of the roster.

              As for AV’s role in this, again, that we will likely never know. I have no doubt AV is asked for his input on every move. But at the end of the day, it’s not the coach’s job to manage the cap. That’s the GM’s responsibility 100%. My hunch is that if they had re-signed Stralman, it might have impacted some other move. That’s a lot of money to tie up in defensemen.

              One last point. Stralman has largely thrived being paired with a likely future HOFer in Hedman. Are you sure he would be as effective if he had remained with the Rangers? I doubt it. He’d still be good and I wish we had him. But I don’t think he’d be nearly as effective.

      • CTfan says:

        It is not a problem that you are completely clueles, but why do you feel the need to constantly advertise it.

  2. Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

    Just announced…..Kreider out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm. Yikes!

  3. Joe says:

    He should have been up since the regular season started, in place of Carey…
    Hopefully Kreider only misses Friday’s game..

    • Jake W says:

      Agree 100%

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Woulda/shoulda nonsense. He wasn’t ready for the NHL and in fact got off to a slow start in Hartford. Has played better in recent weeks as he got more pro experience and playing time. Now, hopefully, he will be a more polished product and in a better position to help the team. Still is a big jump to make, so don’t expect miracles here.

      Perfectly reasonable approach the team took here. Carey has been solid on the 4th line.

      • Richter1994 says:

        “He wasn’t ready for the NHL”

        LOL (lots of love)

        • tanto says:

          Of course he wasn’t ready … at least that’s what AV would say after giving him 7-8 minutes of ice time in a couple of games. I mean look at Chytil!

      • Ray says:


        Interestingly, Peter Holland really turned Hartford around, but I am guessing the Rangers are planning on this being a short call up and don’t want to have to risk sending Holland back through waivers.

        I do hope Lettieri gets some top nine minutes. Buchnevich’s tendency to try to keep the puck forever (ala early Kovalev) makes him an ideal fourth liner.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Peter Holland = The Cup is ours!!

        • Richter1994 says:

          And I would love to hear, in person so I can ask a million questions of the responder, why anyone thinks that having Buch on a 4th line, at any level of hockey in the world, is a good idea.

  4. Jake W says:

    Very happy Vinny got the call up but Kreider going down isn’t how I wanted it to happen. Excited to see him play up with the big club tho!

  5. Flatbush says:

    Blood clots nothing to take lightly. Ends the trade rumor. Depending on type of treatment it could be a significant down time.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Hearing 2 months minimum.

      God’s speed for Kreider’s eventual good health.

    • Walt says:

      It could be career ending, remember Dupuie with the Pens a few years ago?

      Get well quick kid, we’re all pulling for you son……….

  6. Leatherneck says:

    excited to see Litterri

    • Playground 9 says:

      Hate to see Kreider hurt too.
      I have been big on My Cousin Vinni since the preseason. He is a grinder. Plus incredibly – he is a righty shot – practically on the Rangers endangered species list. Put him on the All American 4th Line – MA/NY/MN – Carey/Boo/Vinni…..

  7. Jake W says:

    Kreider is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm. Shit! Well Evander Kane anyone? Looking more likely we go get him from Buffalo. Would be amazing if we could get him and Ryan O’Reilly! 2 birds one stone. I’d give up 2 1st round picks hell even a 2nd or 3rd Vesey and Ryan Graves…