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.
Rangers defenseman John Moore has been suspended five games for his hit on Erik Haula on Monday night. Moore delivered a direct hit to the head of Haula, and is a repeat offender. Moore will be eligible to return on 11/11 against Pittsburgh.
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%.
er Pat Leonard , John Moore will have an in-person hearing Per Bob McKenzie, Moore will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety, following his hit on Eric Haula last night. Moore is considered a repeat offender, as he laid a late hit on Dale Weise in the Easter Conference Finals last year. An in-person hearing carries a minimum suspension of five games. A phone hearing means the suspension will b e five games or less.
Chris Kreider will not receive any supplemental discipline, per McKenzie.
Update: McKenzie is noting that Moore’s hearing may be in-person after all.
Update 2: The NHL has confirmed this is an in-person hearing.
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.
Despite earlier reports that Tanner Glass may be out with a back injury, he will be in the lineup tonight against the shorthanded Columbus Blue Jackets. Jesper Fast, who blocked a shot awkwardly on Thursday, is also in the lineup. Both of these reports are per Andrew Gross. Cam Talbot gets the start.
Also, Matt Lombardi cleared unconditional waivers, and the Rangers will terminate his contract. This will give the Rangers much needed flexibility in the trade market.
The Rangers have placed center Matt Lombardi on unconditional waivers, with the intent on terminating his contract, per Renaud Lavoie. Sounds like Lombardi didn’t want to play in the AHL, and will likely go back to Switzerland. Lombardi was given a two-year deal by the Rangers as insurance for the 3C position, but was beaten out by J.T. Miller.
Lombardi and Steven Kampfer are in the running for shortest Ranger careers ever.
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.
With the Rangers in need of dropping one more forward to get to the 23 man roster (deadline was 5pm today), the Rangers assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Mueller was waived yesterday and cleared today, but was not immediately assigned to the AHL.
This likely means that Kevin Hayes will not head to the IR, as had been speculated.
The Rangers have traded defenseman Steve Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Joey Crabb,. The Rangers needed to clear one contract to ensure Anthony Duclair could make the club, and they did just that with this minor trade. Kampfer was going to be in the AHL all year, and Yogan has bounced between the ECHL and AHL since turning pro.
Crabb has 179 games (20-33-53) of NHL experience, but for the most part is a career AHL guy. Interesting fact: Crabb was a 7th round draft pick by the Rangers in 2002.