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Chris Mueller assigned to AHL

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The New York Rangers have assigned center Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Mueller has filled in somewhat nicely as an injury replacement as the 4C on the club, notching a goal and an assist in seven games this year.

Mueller’s demotion means that Derek Stepan is likely good to go for Saturday’s game, which is fantastic news.

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The New York Rangers have assigned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. McIlrath was called up following injuries to Kevin Klein and Ryan McDonagh over the weekend. McIlrath filled a hole while Klein was out, but Klein is back and expected to play tonight, so McIlrath is headed back to Hartford. McIlrath had 9 PIMs on Monday.

Since Klein is coming back, the logical move was to send McIlrath to Hartford. I don’t think this was indicative of his play.

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Rangers recall McIlrath, Allen

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In response to the absurd number of injuries and suspensions (ok, suspension, singular) that have hit the New York Rangers blue line, the Rangers have recalled defensemen Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath from the Hartford Wolf Pack. McIlrath seemingly won the 7D spot in camp, but the Rangers kept Matt Hunwick so that McIlrath could get big minutes with the Pack. Allen has consistently shown he can play a steady game, if unspectacular.

In 8 games this year, McIlrath has not registered a point and has 21 PIMs. In those same 8 games, Allen has a line of 2-3-5 and 2 PIMs.

It is likely that the Rangers will go with Marc Staal and Dan Girardi as their top pairing, with Hunwick and Mike Kostka as the second pairing (yeesh), and Allen/McIlrath as the third pairing. We are in for a rough one tonight.

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It appears the Ryan Malone experiment is over. With the Rangers needing to call up defensemen from Hartford to fill out their defense, 34 year old Malone has been placed on waivers with the intention of demoting him to Hartford if he clears. Malone has indicated he will report if he clears.

The idea of Malone was better than the real thing. Malone should have brought a combination of size, a physical edge, a scoring touch and a much needed net presence but it has been clear from the beginning of the year Alain Vigneault didn’t see him as a fit. He rarely got the ice time even when the Rangers were losing physical battles all over the ice and they were struggling to establish pressure in front of opposing goalies.

If Malone clears waivers it’s possible – if he plays hard in Hartford – that he could make it back to New York as he still has tools the Rangers lack but a return to New York for Ryan Malone seems unlikely at this stage. Whether Malone clears waivers won’t be known until Monday at noon.

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Missiaen, Noreau sent to ECHL

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Defenseman Sam Noreau (2011 5th) and goaltender Jason Missiaen were sent to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors over the past two days, with Noreau sent down yesterday and Missiaen sent down today. Missiaen’s demotion means that MacKenzie Skapski (2013 6th) will stay with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, likely as the backup to Cedrick Desjardins.

In four AHL games, Noreau did not register a point and had 13 PIMs. Missiaen also played four games with the Pack, registering a .881 SV%.

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The New York Rangers have recalled forward Chris Mueller from the Hartford Wolf Pack, returning forwards Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller in the process. Miller and Fast have been healthy scratches for the past two games, so getting them playing time in the AHL is a good idea. Mueller had a strong camp, and Alain Vigneault probably figures he can get more out of him than he can Fast/Miller at this point of the season.

Personally, I think Fast was just fine in his two games, but clearly the coach wants him to work on some things. As for Miller, well I still think he’s best suited for the wing. Maybe he gets time there with the Pack.

Since Mueller is a center, this could mean the end of the Martin St. Louis at center experiment, especially since Kevin Hayes has looked quite comfortable there.

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Rangers recall Mike Kostka

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It comes with no surprise that the Rangers have recalled defenseman Mike Kostka from the Hartford Wolf Pack. With Dan Boyle out, the Rangers were short one right-handed defenseman, and Kosta was the only logical choice to fill in at the moment (Dylan McIlrath needs top minutes in the AHL).

Matt Hunwick is a left-handed shot, which is why he probably won’t get the look right away.

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Taxi squad call ups

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The Rangers have called up the following players to serve as the taxi squad for this year’s playoff run:

These players will likely not see any action, but are with the team for practices.

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Rangers recall J.T. Miller

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The Rangers have recalled forward J.T. Miller from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Since the Pack did not make the playoffs, their season is over, and Miller can benefit from watching the games as a healthy scratch. Miller will sit with fellow “rookie” Ryan Haggerty and the other healthy scratches as part of the taxi squad for this year’s playoffs. Don’t expect Miller to get any ice time, unless the Rangers are overcome with injuries to their forwards.

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Rangers recall Jesper Fast

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To help fill the hole left by Chris Kreider’s hand injury, the Rangers have recalled forward Jesper Fast from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Fast, who initially broke camp with the Rangers, was a sixth round draft pick in 2010, and has a line of 17-17-34 in 48 games with the Pack this season. He’s widely believed to be the most NHL ready forward after J.T. Miller, and with Miller faltering at the NHL level, it seems natural that Fast would get the next opportunity.

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