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This is a bit late, but the Rangers returned forward Ryan Bourque to the AHL yesterday. Bourque was an “injury” call up for the final two meaningless games of the season, allowing the Rangers to rest Rick Nash those last two games of the year. Bourque returns to the Hartford Wolf Pack in time for the Calder Cup Playoffs.
With a need to rest some guys on the NHL roster, the New York Rangers have recalled forward Ryan Bourque and defenseman Chris Summers for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Summers was recalled once by the Rangers last month when Matt Hunwick was a last minute scratch against the Washington Capitals on March 29.
Bourque, who will likely play in the bottom six, was seen as someone who could have potentially cracked the roster in camp, but was beaten out by Anthony Duclair and Kevin Hayes (and then eventually J.T. Miller). Bourque has a line of 12-18-30 this year in Hartford. I expect that this is also an audition for Bourque to see where he stands with the organization.
Both guys will play tonight and possibly this weekend.
The Rangers have wanted Skjei to turn pro, and this appears to be the first step in the process.
Update: Skjei has signed his ELC. He will turn pro next year.
The New York Rangers have returned defenseman Chris Summers to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Summers was an emergency fill-in for Matt Hunwick, who missed the game yesterday against Washington with an undisclosed injury. Returning Summers to the AHL means that Hunwick is ready to go for the game tomorrow in Winnipeg.
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Chris Summers from the AHL to fill in for the injured Matt Hunwick this afternoon. Summers was an extra body acquired in the Keith Yandle deal. He has an assist in ten games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He will likely be a temporary fill in until Hunwick returns.
The New York Rangers have returned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Skapski was called up in February to be the backup to Cam Talbot while Henrik Lundqvist was injured. Skapski played two games, both against the Buffalo Sabres, allowing one goal and recording a shutout.
This means Lundqvist is ready to return.
The New York Rangers have signed 2013 third round pick Adam Tambellini to a three-year entry-level contract. Tambellini, currently with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, has a line of 45-34-79 in 65 games this season as an overager. With Anthony Duclair now in Arizona, Tambellini is one of the better forward prospects in the system, with a good blend of size and skill.
Tambellini left the University of North Dakota halfway through last season to join the Hitmen. In the NCAA, Tambellini had a line of 2-2-4 in 16 games. In the 31 games with Calgary that season, he had a line of 17-22-39.
Tambellini will join the Hartford Wolf Pack next season, where he will likely need at least a year (probably more) before hopefully pushing for a spot on the NHL roster.
The New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have finalized a contract extension that will keep Zuccarello in New York. Zucc will get $4.5 million per year for the next four years, a modest raise and, more importantly, a discount for the Rangers. Zuccarello has a no-trade in his first year, but nothing thereafter.
Make no mistake, Zuccarello was going to get $5 million or more on the open market. He took a discount to remain with the club. He has been a top-line producer for some time now, and a must-keep for the Rangers.
Well yesterday sure was exciting, wasn’t it?
Glen Sather got busy, doing all of his work and saving us a little bit of stress for today’s 3pm NHL trade deadline. Slats’ first deal was his biggest, acquiring Keith Yandle from Arizona in exchange for John Moore, highly touted prospect Anthony Duclair, a 1st round pick in 2016, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. The Rangers also got a 2015 4th round pick and defenseman Chris Summers (AHL). Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary ($2.625 million).
After that, the Rangers cleared roster and cap space by sending Lee Stempniak to Winnipeg for minor leaguer Carl Klingberg. The space was cleared to make room for San Jose’s James Sheppard, whom the Rangers acquired in exchange for a 2016 4th round pick (their own, not Arizona’s).
Per Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 4th round draft pick in 2016. Sheppard is a left-handed center (who can play LW) that is a great shot suppressor and plays a solid defensive game. He has a line of 5-11-16 for San Jose this year.
A shutdown line of Sheppard-Moore-Fast is a great fourth line that can be a one of the best shot suppressing lines in the game.