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Rangers recall Alex Georgiev

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Alex Georgiev from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is not a youth movement call up, like Neal Pionk or John Gilmour. This is to replace the newest member to the walking wounded, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec left last night’s game with a knee injury, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to play the final two periods.

Gerogiev, a 22 year old from Russia, has a .908 SV% and a 2.97 GAA. He had a bad start to the year, and has played better of late. I’m not sure his numbers are a true indication of his talent, since the Pack haven’t really been that good this season.

The Pavelec injury means Hank likely gets the majority of the starts on the upcoming four game road trip.

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The Rangers have made a minor league swap with the Washington Capitals, sending Adam Chapie and Joe Whitney. Albert, a 29 year old forward, has a line of 3-8-11 in 33 games with Hershey this year. Labrie, a 26 year old defenseman, has a line of 1-6-7 in 35 AHL games this year.

Chapie was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The 26 year old forward has a line of 2-5-7 in 31 games in Hartford. Whitney was signed to an AHL deal, and the 30 year old forward has a line of 9-10-19 in 40 AHL games.

This is a move for the Pack, nothing more.

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The Hartford moves keep coming. Defenseman John Gilmour has been recalled, and it’s expected he isn’t being recalled just to sit on the bench. The 24 year old has a line of 6-20-26 in 44 games this year. He was also Hartford’s lone representative in the AHL All Star Game.

He and Neal Pionk will replace Brendan Smith, who cleared waivers and was assigned to the Pack this afternoon, and at least one other defenseman.

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Brendan Smith has been placed on waivers

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers. Smith, acquired at least year’s trade deadline, was signed TJ a four year deal worth $17.4 million in the offseason.

Smith has had a really bad year. We know that. I’m shocked by this, since while a problem, he was far from the only problem.

Smith is on waivers. Steven Kampfer still remains with the club.

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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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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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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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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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