The Rangers have waived Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen as part of the next round of cuts. Jensen’s cut was somewhat expected, however cutting Hrivik, who has had a strong preseason, is a bit of a surprise. I was hoping Hrivik would get a longer look, but with Josh Jooris and Nathan Gerbe, I guess that was a pipe dream. Both, if they clear, will go to Hartford.
Naturally, this means Tanner Glass is still on the roster for the time being.
Boy was this a boring game. The Isles and Rangers played like they knew it was preseason, except the Rangers played like that with half the lineup fighting for a spot on the roster. I find that to be frustrating, but it’s the fourth game in six nights, so it is what it is. Not many Rangers impressed last night with cuts looming.
- Way too many people make something out of who has the ‘A’ in a preseason game. This is the second time Glass has had the ‘A’ and people freaked out. Relax. It’s the preseason.
- The Rangers didn’t really get much going. They were bland offensively, didn’t gain the zone often, and were just unable to get shots off. Considering there were two lines that could be dressing next week, that’s not that good.
- There were a lot of defensive miscues and odd man rushes given up. Says a lot about the defensemen that were playing, as three of them are on the bubble. All of Brady Skjei, Adam Clendening, and Dylan McIlrath had rough games. John Gilmour too, but we always knew he was headed to Hartford anyway.
The roster is beginning to take shape for the Rangers, as they are left with 36 players in camp. Tonight likely represents the last chance for some bubble players to make a positive impression on the coaching staff. It’s also likely the last game for players destined to go to the AHL who earned longer looks, like Robin Kovacs.
The Isles are dressing most of their NHL forwards tonight, so expect a decent amount of pressure on the Rangers defense. This could be the game where we see how well Adam Clendening can perform against NHL regulars, and if he truly belongs in the top-six. Only time will tell.
The Rangers have cut defensemen Mat Bodie and Chris Summers, trimming the roster to 37 players. Bodie and Summers will need to clear waivers. Chris Brown and Tommy Hughes, cut yesterday, will also need to clear waivers.
Maxim Lapierre has been released from his PTO.
The Rangers have released their lineup for tonight against the Islanders:
It’s interesting to see Jensen with both Miller and Hayes. It appears that Alain Vigneault wants to give him a shot in what could be a third line role, to see how he performs. My guess is that tonight is make-or-break for him though.
For a preseason game, last night’s OT loss to the Flyers had a little bit of everything that encompasses Rangers/Flyers. It had physical play, it had dirty play, it had good defense, it had scoring bursts, and it left a seed for the regular season. The Rangers may have lost, but they erased a 3-0 lead in the third period to get “a point” in the preseason standings. It may not seem like much, but showing the guys to come back like that means a lot for the kids and playing the right way.
- First things first, that hit by Radko Gudas on Jimmy Vesey was nasty. That’s the type of hit the league is trying to get rid of, and I guarantee that Gudas won’t be suspended because Vesey turned. But here’s the thing, the hockey play there is to stop, turn, and gain some space. The turn is the hockey play, getting creamed from behind is not. Here’s a link to multiple angles of the hit.
- Credit to Dylan McIlrath for jumping in and literally dragging Gudas out to fight. He wound up taking on Jakub Voracek as well, who did not get penalized for third man in. I have never seen that penalty called in my life. Not once.
- Don’t know why Vesey was back. It’s the preseason, feel like it makes sense to take caution with your offseason prize. But what do I know?
The Rangers have trimmed the roster by eight players from the training camp roster: Calle Andersson, Chris Brown, Steven Fogarty, Ryan Gropp, Tommy Hughes, Philip McRae, Michael Paliotta, and Adam Tambellini.
This comes as no surprise, as these are all players that were destined for Hartford from the get-go. If anything, the surprise is that 39 players still remain in camp with just two games left in the preseason. I’d expect a significant amount of players to be cut after tomorrow night’s game. There aren’t many “gimme” cuts left either. Things are starting to get interesting.
After being handed their first preseason loss, the Rangers are in Philadelphia tonight with a roster that is getting closer to what it might look like on opening night. There are two potential opening night lines and a potential defense pairing dressing tonight. And yes, that defense pairing has Clendening with McDoangh. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
Put your hand down, you’re lying.
We have seen three preseason games for the Rangers, and they are a relatively impressive 2-1 so far. There have been surprises, some pleasant and others not so much. With back-to-back games coming up, and with an expected roster cut after tonight’s game, we are at the point where we can read into some of Alain Vigneault’s decisions, which helps in making educated predictions.
- Starting with a bombshell on the blue line, I think Brady Skjei is cut from the team. This mostly has to do with AV’s comments, saying “Brady to a certain extent would be a work in progress but Brady is a young player going through the process. He was a little bit better than he was in the first game but I still think there needs to be improvement there also.” That, to me, means Skjei starts in the AHL.
- Nick Holden, just based on the acquisition cost and salary, is likely making the team. His role, however, will be dictated by how well Adam Clendening plays as the competition in the preseason gets stiffer. He’s been good, but it hasn’t been against NHL regulars yet. If he continues to impress, I think Holden winds up rotating with Dylan McIlrath as the 7D, based on matchups.
The Rangers have returned defenseman Sean Day to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, making him the latest cut from the training camp roster. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as Day was never making the team this year. However the surprising part is that he wasn’t a part of the first round of CHL cuts. Guessing the Rangers wanted a longer look at him before returning him to the OHL.
Also the lines for tomorrow have been released, and they are interesting, to say the least.