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Feb
08

Rangers recall Neal Pionk

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Neal Pionk from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Pionk, signed as an undrafted free agent, has a line of 1-16-17 in 48 games with the Pack this year.

Many, including myself, were hoping to see the 22 year old recalled long before today, but better late than never. Assuming Alain Vigneault plays him, he should be a nice change of pace from what we’ve seen. He will have some hiccups, but it’s good to see what they have in him over some other known quantities.

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Feb
04

Rangers recall Vinny Lettieri

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The Rangers have recalled forward Vinny Lettieri from the Hartford Wolf Pack. The recall was relatively expected, as the injury bug has hit another forward. Jimmy Vesey was elbowed in the chin by Filip Forsberg last night and did not return. It’s expected he has a concussion. Lettieri, who will turn 23 on Tuesday, has already played in 10 games with the Rangers, registering a goal and three assists. He has a line of 14-9-23 in 35 games with the Pack.

It’s worth noting that there was no defenseman recalled. This means at least one of two things. First is that Marc Staal is ok after being on the receiving end of a hit by Alexei Emelin (not likely), or that Alain Vigneault will just rotate Steven Kampfer into the lineup (more likely).

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Jan
25

Rangers claim Cody McLeod off waivers

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The Rangers have claimed 33 year old forward Cody McLeod off waivers, likely putting an end to the Daniel Catenacci tenure in New York. McLeod adds #toffness to the lineup, but not much else. After spending most of his career in Colorado, he’s been in Nashville the past two seasons. In 713 NHL games, he has 124 points and 1524 PIMs.

I’ll admit the Rangers are a little vanilla, something exacerbated without Chris Kreider in the lineup. But McLeod doesn’t move the needle, other than being the new Tanner Glass. Actually…I’d rather have Glass.

McLeod has size and willingness to get to the corners, which is fine. But he doesn’t do much else. He’s not good with or without the puck. He’s not a good skater. Anything more than a few hits would be gravy, but don’t expect much.

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This morning sure was exciting, wasn’t it? There was a flurry of activity for the Rangers as they prepare for their west coast trip. The first, and the most troubling, is the news that Kevin Shattenkirk will have knee surgery for a torn meniscus, and will be out indefinitely. Justin noted the timetable for this is somewhere between 4-12 weeks.

In response, the Rangers recalled Tony DeAngelo from Hartford. They also recalled center Daniel Catenacci from Hartford. The last roster move was assigning Lias Andersson to Hartford, instead of returning him to Frolunda in the SHL. Lots of stuff, so let’s dive right into it.

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The Rangers have recalled forward Peter Holland from the Hartford Wolf Pack. They have also sent center Boo Nieves back to Hartford.

Holland was acquired by the Rangers earlier this season from Toronto for forward –and waiver claim– Adam Cracknell. Holland had a line of 5-9-14 with the Pack since his acquisition (16 games).

Nieves, the Blueshirts’ second rounder in 2012, had a line of 1-8-9 in 28 games, primarily in fourth line duties. Nieves found great chemistry with Jesper Fast and Paul Carey upon his call up, but had seen his game slip a little bit recent. In all fairness, everyone’s game has slipped.

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Jan
12

Rangers recall Vinny Lettieri

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As expected, the Rangers have recalled forward Vinny Lettieri. Lettieri was sent down by the Rangers earlier this week, as the Blueshirts were on their bye week. Lettieri got more playing time, and now rejoins the Rangers.

I did, admittedly, miss that the Rangers were on their bye week, which is why they sent him down in the first place. But I’m glad to see he’s back.

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Jan
08

Rangers return Vinny Lettieri to Hartford

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The Rangers have returned Vinny Lettieri to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The winger was recaleld on December 28, playing in three games with the big club. He recorded a goal and an assist with eight shots on goal.

It seems odd that the club would send him back down after a strong showing, but I honestly can’t figure out how this team makes roster decisions anymore. What I do know is this won’t be the only time we see Lettieri in New York.

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Vinni Lettieri in preseason action vs. Philadelphia

The Rangers made a roster move this morning, recalling Vinni Lettieri from the Hartford Wolfpack.  Though we have no further information at this time, it’s safe to assume that Chris Kreider will miss Friday’s game in Detroit.

Lettieri was one of the bright spots in training camp this fall, and his good play continued into his first full season of professional hockey at the AHL level.  Lettieri has scored 12 goals and added 9 assists for 21 points in 31 games played for the Pack.

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Dec
05

Rangers sign Marek Mazenec

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A little late on this (blame work), but the Rangers have signed goalie Marek Mazenec to a one-year deal. He is on waivers now, expected to clear and will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Pack is in some need of goaltending help, and Mazenec should be an upgrade in that department.

Mazenec started the season in the KHL, where he posted a .889 SV%. In 47 games with Milwaukee last season, he posted a .912 SV%. That .912 SV% is better than both Alexei Georgiev (.897 SV%) and Chris Nell (.889 SV%) with the Pack.

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A bit of a minor trade, as the Rangers have acquired forward Peter Holland from Montreal in exchange for forward Adam Cracknell. Holland has spent the year in the AHL, but as recently as last year was with the Leafs regularly.

Cracknell was acquired off waivers by the Rangers, and was sent to the minors relatively quickly thereafter. For a waiver wire claim, turning it into Holland isn’t that bad. But this is likely an AHL only trade.

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