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Henrik Tallinder signs PTO with Hartford

With the Tomas Kaberle experiment over with, the Hartford Wolf Pack have brought in defenseman Henrik Tallinder on a PTO, per Bob McKenzie. Kaberle skated with the Rangers before being sent to Hartford to play in some games, and it looks like the Rangers are skipping that first part with Tallinder. Tallinder played in the NHL last season, putting up 2-6-8 with the Sabres (keep in mind, it was Buffalo).

His possession numbers are up and down, so it’s hard to see where he’d be an improvement at the NHL level.

Skapski recalled to Hartford; McCarthy sent to ECHL

The Hartford Wolf Pack made two roster moves today, recalling goalie MacKenzie Skapski from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warrios, and assigning defenseman forward Chris McCarthy to the ECHL. Skapski, a first year pro out of the WHL, played one game with Greenville, posting a .906 SV% and 3.17 GAA. McCarthy , also a first year pro out of UVM, did not play in any of the first four games for the Pack.

Update: Hartford has released forward Richard Nejezchleb from his PTO. He will rejoin the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL for his over-age season.

Wolf Pack announces more roster moves

The Hartford Wolf Pack made a flurry of moves yesterday after the Rangers announced their final cuts. The Pack made 12 roster cuts, reassigning guys to the ECHL, releasing guys from tryouts, and sending guys to the OHL.

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (1): Michael St. Croix

Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (1): Vinny Saponari
Goaltenders (1): Jeff Malcolm

Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (3): Tyler Brown, Kyle Jean, Pat Mullane
Defensemen (3): Sean Escobedo, Andrew Himelson, Dallas Jackson

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As Rangers continue to make cuts, several prospect’s futures unclear

Have the Rangers moved on from Ryan Bourque?

Have the Rangers moved on from Bourque?

The Rangers have been whittling down their roster in the past few weeks as they approach Thursday’s season opener. Many of the players that have already been cut won’t have a future with the franchise, but some players futures have yet to be decided. With the roster due to be finalised within the next 24 hours, we take a look at a few of the prospects already down on the farm.

Ryan Bourque

After a strong end to last season and with significant turnover among the Rangers presumptive bottom six over the summer, Bourque was considered a dark horse for a roster spot. He was never a realistic option. Following his demotion to Hartford on October 1st, the small but hard working Bourque appears to have been passed by several prospects and at this stage of his career. Only a stunning season with the Wolf Pack will get him back in the reckoning and even that may not be enough. An injury call up and/or an uncertain future as trade bait appears to be Bourque’s immediate situation.

Dylan McIlrath

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Wolf Pack roster cuts: Skapski, Nicholls assigned to ECHL

The Hartford Wolf Pack announced their first set of roster moves during camp and preseason, trimming the roster of ten players. These moves are in conjunction with the Rangers second round of cuts, made on Wednesday:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Goaltenders (1): Mackenzie Skapski
Forwards (1): Josh Nicholls

Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (4): Mike Catenacci, Emerson Clark, Chad Nehring, Trevor Parkes

Released from training camp tryouts:
Defensemen (1): Nick Crawford
Forwards (3): Nick Latta, Paxton Leroux, Logan Nelson

There are now 29 players in camp:

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Keep an eye on Cedrick Desjardins

While we all know that the Rangers success lives and dies with Henrik Lundqvist’s health and performance (as it should), there has always been an undercurrent of concern from the Rangers fan base about a lack of overall goaltending depth in the system. With Martin Biron retiring and Cam Talbot graduating to the NHL, the problem has become more pronounced, especially with Talbot likely to depart after this season in pursuit of more playing time.

Slats & Co. addressed this issue to an extent by drafting Brandon Halverson and Igor Shestyorkin this past June. As exciting as those two prospects are, Halverson will continue to ply his trade in the CHL for the foreseeable future while Shestyorkin will be firmly planted in the KHL. This creates a serious gap in viable options in Hartford in the event of injury. Read more »

Dylan McIlrath Bobble-Fist Giveaway

Last week, I was speaking with the Hartford Wolf Pack on Twitter regarding their promo night next month, in which they are giving away Dylan McIlrath Bobble-Fists. The organization was happy to provide us with three bobble-fists to give away to our loyal readers here at BSB. The three lucky winners will provide me with name/mailing address, and the bobble-fists will be mailed to the winners after the promo on February 15.

To enter, simply comment on this post once. We can track IP addresses of posters, so don’t comment more than once, or you’ll be disqualified. Three winners will be selected at random and emailed in the next week or so.

Revisiting why few prospects are NHL ready this season

Kreider made the jump this year. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kreider made the jump this year. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

About a year ago, I wrote a post as to why the Hartford Wolf Pack were struggling, and why the Rangers were going to have very few AHL options for call ups. It seems appropriate to update the post for this year, since the Rangers organization is running into the same concern this year. The problem is not poor drafting. In fact it is the polar opposite. The issue is that prospects developed a little too quickly, leaving a gap in the development process.

Believe it or not, quick development can slow the pipeline down temporarily. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless. Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen three prospects make the jump from the NCAA level to the NHL level with little or no time in the AHL required. It is incredibly rare for that to happen, but Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, and Carl Hagelin all made significant impacts their first year out of college. No one, not even at the upper management level, expected that to happen.

Therein lies the current issue: without those three needing a little more time, the Rangers were left with a barren AHL team last year. One composed of two or three legitimate prospects that needed time and a lot of AHL/NHL tweeners. The problem extends to this year too, however with a different team makeup.

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Andrew Carroll sent to ECHL; More AHL moves coming?

The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that forward Andrew Carroll has been demoted to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Carroll, a forward, was re-signed by the Pack in July after playing 24 games with the Whale/Pack on a PTO last season.

This move clears roster room for some additional moves. These moves could be clearing room for the eventual return of Jesper Fast, or signing of Brodie Dupont/Shawn O’Donnell, who are currently on PTOs. My gut instinct says that this is clearing room for Fast, who will likely be sent to the AHL once Ryan Callahan returns.

Wolfpack sign O’Donnell, Dupont to PTOs

The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that they have signed forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brodie Dupont to PTOs. Both forwards were invited to camp as non-roster invitees, and outplayed some of the higher touted Ranger prospects. Both earned their PTOs, and will be with the team for a while longer.