Feb
21

Rangers assign Sproul to Hartford; O’Gara to stay with Rangers

February 21, 2018, by

The Rangers have assigned defenseman Ryan Sproul the Hartford Wolf Pack. Rob O’Gara, the 24 year old defenseman acquired in the Nick Holden trade, will remain with the club and likely play in tomorrow’s game.

Sproul played four games with the Rangers, putting up a pair of assists. He played well in his first stint with the Blueshirts, and can likely serve as a good depth defenseman.

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32 comments

  1. tanto says:

    Poor Ryan Graves … I mean isn’t he even worth a look at this point?!

    • BenM says:

      Graves is a lefty which doesn’t help his case, but it certainly appears that he is buried on the depth chart at this point.

      • Rich S says:

        We may never know how good or bad graves would be here.
        Considering how BAD this management is regarding player analysis…..see anton strallman, eric stall, dan boyle,
        derek desharnais etc etc
        I have absolutely ZERO confidence in their ability to analyze players…..

        • rjcy says:

          I have to agree. NYR player personnel dept has been lousy for quite a long time. Let’s face it, Cup was won primarily with talent from Edmonton supplemented by Leetch and Richter. Over the decades, even when scouting does ticket the right talent, player personnel trades it away, going all the way back to Moose Dupont (!). Being a Ranger fan is a thankless task. LGR

          • Rich S says:

            and Jim Dorey, steve durbano, rick middleton, ken linesman, brad park, jean ratelle, don murdoch, hospodar, chris kotsoupoulos, hickey, dublois, mcwen, carkner….etc
            Most awful and stupid trades going back to emile francis!!!!

            • Leatherneck says:

              Don’t forget Lucien Deblois and Ron Duguay over Mike Bossy

            • Mancunian Candidate says:

              Durbano and Hospodar weren’t hockey players, they were circus acts. Half of your list are average-to-horrible hockey players. Lamenting Pat “Offsides” Hickey and Mike McEwen? They weren’t worth your tears.

              • Rich S says:

                One of the few times we got to the finals…….was with these guys, once they [esp hickey, mcwen and dublois ] were traded it was all downhill from there! hospodar was a better defensemen than many of the ones we have been running out here the past few years!

              • Mancunian Candidate says:

                Hospodar would lose a skills competition to Eric Cairns. Gimme a break.

        • tanto says:

          Yes, Stralman was a mistake — although we signed him as a free agent when everyone else had given up on him. Re: Staal, his performance post-his time here proves you wrong. For one thing he wasn’t properly utilized by the coach, of that there’s little to no debate.

          • Rich S says:

            And he was injured…..but to give up so quickly on a guy with his pedigree a month after giving up assets for him……and now,,,,26 goals!!!

        • Swarty says:

          Totally agree – the talent evaluation has been sorely lacking and that is what scares me going into the 2/26 auction.

          The recent trades and FA signings have been horrible.

          Letting Brian Boyle walk @ $2M without even a discussion. Signing D Boyle and letting Stralman walk…disgusting.

          How about Hags for Emerson Etem? You can call it a salary dump but was there not one better player available in all of hockey than EE?

          The last time the Rangers won big in a trade was McD for Gomez.

          It is great to get a bunch of high draft picks – but if you don’t choose the right guys then it becomes a giant toilet flush.

          That being said – it looks like they did OK last year but the jury is still out on whether they overreached on Andersson.

          Need a mix of can’t miss guys and high picks – Give me a some #1s, some #2s, and someone along the lines of Tolvanen or Sergachev (or 2 of Tampa’s fine youth) and call it a day…

          • James1090 says:

            If you didn’t resign Girardi you could have resigned Stralman and signed Dan Boyle. Girardi’s (and Staal’s) contracts set back the Rangers because there play declined significantly and they had NTC’s. Not a good combination.

    • CTfan says:

      He is obviously too big and tough to fit into AV’s “system.”

  2. 43 says:

    Have you guys considered that maybe all of these guys are better than Ryan Graves?

    With all the guys getting called up (mostly players added to Hartford after Graves), you have to believe by the fourth defenseman brought-up, if Graves has proven he’s ready for the jump, he would’ve been given a shot.

    It’s a pretty indefensible position to argue that you, who have no firsthand experience developing these players, could decide from behind a computer screen that so-and-so deserves to be called up over this other so-and-so solely because you think he’s paid his dues based solely on time spent in the AHL.

    • tanto says:

      Chill, I said poor guy that he isn’t even worth a look at this point … but having seen him in the pre-season the last 2 years and a bit in Hartford going back some time, I think there’s a lot there —- now whether his play since training camp has deteriorated so much so that he isn’t even worth a call up, I don’t know and readily admit that —- BUT I didn’t say he must be called up or anything to that effect. It was just a comment framed as a question to indicate that he has truly fallen on the depth chart in the eyes of those that wield the power.

      PS: Don’t assume though that everybody behind a keyboard doesn’t have some first hand experience with players and/or developing them. Just saying. 😉

      • 43 says:

        Well, for one, the comment wasn’t necessarily directed at you. But I think your question answers itself. That said, I didn’t assume any poster here lacks experience coaching and developing players. If you read the comment, you will note that I said “these players,” specifically referring to the Wolfpack/Rangers defensemen. I think it’s safe to assume BSB posters don’t have experience with these guys. If they did, their daily insights would perhaps manifest as something more astute than blaming AV for burying Graves.

        It’s the same story as with McIlrath–look how that turned out.

        • tanto says:

          Well you must be talking about someone else, I never accused AV of burying him or any other player really. That said he doesn’t give younger players a lot of confidence and room to breath. Yes, the question answered itself, it was clearly rhetorical. I happen to disagree with the answer, but I’m not in a position to do anything about it.

        • Reenavipul says:

          McIlrath re-upped with the wrong club, should’ve fired his agent.

          A RD who has 3 RD ahead of him, all with NMC, is the height of stupidity

        • Rich S says:

          Rangers management has insight and does work with / see these guys daily and predraft and they still cant get it right!!!!!
          I loved mcilrath and thought he brought a presence to the team which sorely needed it and his stats while he was here was better than any other defenseman besides mcdonagh……
          That being said he should have been drafted in the 3rd round not the first when we took him…..
          In strallmans case….any one could clearly see that he was our best defenseman the 2nd half of the year and the playoffs!!!!!
          Why didnt management see it???????

          • 43 says:

            Didn’t Florida demote The Undertaker to the minors, then dumped him off to Detroit?

            Resigning with Detroit, despite the unlikelihood of getting an NHL spot, indicates that he probably didn’t have any other worthwhile offers.

            Being a physical right-handed defenseman, if he really was a player of consequence, teams would’ve pursued him.

            We saw what he can do. He cleared waivers multiple times in his career. All three NHL teams he played for deemed him an AHLer. Case closed.

            McIlrath apologists still at it. You guys are something else.

            • Peter says:

              The problems for Dylan are his knees, which have affected his skating and his defensive zone positioning. Who knows, if he keeps plugging away in the AHL he may some day get a chance to play again in the NHL.

  3. chrisqct says:

    Kreider cleared to play…

    • Ray says:

      Presumably someone else is as well, as the Ranger defense corps consists of four guys who played the last game, O’Gara, and four guys who were too injured to play. I suspect Staal is ready, though I guess it could be McDonagh.

  4. Blue Seat says:

    Guess big defenseman, being looked at as possible crease clearers, take longer to develop as many have noted. I am not sure why that is though.

  5. howiehockey says:

    Agree with most of rhe comments Re;Ryan Graves.

    Two training camps ago he almost made the team out of camp. But when you have “highly paid super-star defense men like Staal & Girardi” management cannot admit those contracts were absurd for both their length an money.

    And so Graves gets buried…no pun intended

  6. Bloomer says:

    I thought the big right-handed dman Spout didn’t look out of place. But I guess the Rangers are sticking with the smurfs to better their chances of winning the Dahlin sweepstakes.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Aw, you must be upset that your favorite Ranger was returned to the minors. You’ve got quite an eye for talent.

      • Rich S says:

        Mc
        What has rangers management done the past 20 years to give you any indication that THEY know what they are doing?????/
        Except for the mcdonagh trade from montreal…….basically nothing!!!!
        1.Drafts were horrible,
        2. free agent signings were worse,
        3. contracts given to aging, deteriorating players a joke,
        4. trades were usually one sided, not in our favor,
        5. constantly gave away assets to ”win a cup” !!!!!
        I could make a case that most of the people on this site, and sitting in the stands could have done better over a 20 year period!
        GM’s arent as smart as you think……I was sitting in the garden when the NY Jets passed over dan marino to take ken obrien and the place went nuts!!!!!!Any of the 15 thousand fans there knew better!!!!!

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Where have I ever expressed confidence in Sather or Gorton? You’re preaching to the choir in terms of how I view NYR’s decades of front office ineptitude. I’m taking issue with your statement that Steve Durbano & Ed Hospodar were foolishly traded. Durbano was a criminal on skates, and Hospodar was a terrible fighter. Clark Gillies pretty much ended Boxcar’s career as a tough guy when he broke his jaw with a one-punch KO. Guys like those two clowns were a dime a dozen in the 70s and early 80s.