Archive for Transactions
The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. This likely means Antti Raanta will start tonight, and Henrik Lundqvist will not play after colliding with Ryan McDonagh last night.
Hellberg will be the backup, and has a 22-16-2 record in Hartford, with a 2.36 GAA and a .919 SV%.
In a surprising move, probably for AHL depth, the Rangers sent Hartford Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque to the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Chris Brown. Brown, a second round pick in 2009, is mostly a career AHL guy, like Bourque. Brown has 23 NHL games, Bourque has just one.
Bourque clearly had no future with the club, as he wasn’t one of the injury call ups this season or last. Sad to see him go, but hopefully he gets a shot with Washington.
In an expected move, the Rangers have returned winger Marek Hrivik to Hartford. Hrivik played four games with the Rangers, registering an assist while playing fourth line and penalty kill minutes. Hrivik only played to a 39% CF (-4.8% rel), but the team as a while didn’t really control possession while he was with the club in that small sample. This move was expected with the Eric Staal trade.
The move opens up slightly more cap space for a minor move to address the fourth line/penalty kill. Nothing is rumored, but they have the space available.
It’s confirmed. The Rangers have acquired Eric Staal from Carolina, per Bob McKenzie. McKenzie believes the Rangers will send two second round picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela to Carolina. Saarela was the Rangers third rounder this year, and is in the middle of a breakthrough season in the Finnish league, putting up 18-13-31 in 46 games as a 19 (!!) year old.
I liked Saarela as a prospect, mainly because of his success as a kid in a tough league. Tough to see him go. The second rounders in 2016 and 2017 aren’t much, the cost of doing business.
Carolina will retain 50% of Staal’s salary to make the deal work.
The Rangers have returned Brady Skjei to Hartford, which was an expected move following last night’s game. Skjei was an emergency call up to replace Marc Staal, and played 22 minutes in last night’s loss. The ice time was indicative of Skjei’s play, as he had a very strong game, including significant time on the penalty kill.
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford for tonight’s game in New Jersey. No official word has been given, but one of the six healthy defensemen (not including Ryan McDonagh) will not be able to go tonight. This is Skjei’s second call up and his third game with the Rangers this season.
The Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik for tonight’s game against Detroit. Hrivik, 24, has been with the Rangers organization since signing as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2012-2013 season. The winger has impressed in some camps, but never made the cut on a team that preferred to sign a veteran over giving a kid who might fail a chance. This is a refreshing move for the Rangers.
Daniel Paile, who was waived yesterday, cleared waivers and was sent to Hartford.
The Daniel Paille experiment is over in New York. The Rangers waived the winger today, and will send him to Hartford once he clears. Paille was signed a month ago to help “address the penalty kill issues.” It was a signing that ignored the core issues with the unit and tried to throw a band-aid on them. The signing was met with general dislike, not because of the player, but because of those ignored process issues.
With Rick Nash still on the mend, the Rangers will need a call up from Hartford for Sunday night’s game.
In some good news, Ryan McDonagh passed concussion protocal, but will be out tomorrow. He does not have a concussion, but does have jaw/neck issues. Concussion free is the best possible news for the Rangers and McDonagh.
Despite rumors that the Rangers would put in a claim for waived Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, he cleared waivers this afternoon. Ehrhoff is on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, and has a line of 2-9-11 in 40 games this season. As a cheap and effective defenseman for an injury riddled club, Ehrhoff seemed like a logical fit.
There are a few reasons why the Rangers may have passed on him, though. The first is that Jeff Gorton thinks the current top-six, without Ryan McDonagh, will be able to hold on long enough until McDonagh is healthy. The second is that McDonagh may be on a path to a faster recovery from his concussion. The third is that maybe they have something else lined up.
After all the talk yesterday that the Rangers would claim him, and the fact that many –including myself– thought he wouldn’t even make it to the Rangers on the waiver wire, this is very surprising.
The Rangers have returned forward Jayson Megna to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Megna was called up on Wednesday night to play in last night’s win over Minnesota. Megna played in place of Tanner Glass. He was held off the score sheet.