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Immediately after last night’s comeback win against the Blue Jackets, the Rangers returned forward Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Jensen played three games in his recent stint with the Rangers, and has totaled seven games with the big club. He has been held off the score sheet while playing a bottom-six role.
Returning Jensen to the Wolf Pack is not a shocker, and may not even signal that a forward is healthy. The Rangers have their five day bye week starting today where they don’t practice, and the Pack has two games in that span. This could just be to keep Jensen’s legs moving. Also, the Rangers get some additional cap space for the trade deadline by sending his contract down, and every dollar counts.
The Rangers have assigned forward Pavel Buchnevich to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Buchnevich put up eight points (four goals, four assists) in ten games with the Rangers, and has been out for the majority of the season with back issues. This is not a conditioning assignment. Buchnevich’s roster space and cap hit are removed from the books for now.
At first I was a bit surprised that this wasn’t a conditioning assignment, but it makes complete sense. Conditioning assignments are ten days. The Rangers have just five games in the next two weeks. So they likely want to keep him down there to play in games and get back into shape. A straight demotion allows them the flexibility to have him return on their terms when he is in shape.
Make no mistake, Buchnevich will be back. This is just a paperwork thing to get him back in shape.
The Rangers have recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This will be Jensen’s second stint with the Rangers. He played four games in early December, playing solid if not unspectacular hockey. He was held off the score sheet in a primarily fourth line role.
It’s assumed that someone on the club has the flu or is banged up, although it is not known who. The call up also means that Rick Nash, despite practicing in full today, is not ready for tomorrow’s matchup against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.
Despite missing time with his call up, Jensen is still the Pack’s leading scorer with 14 goals and 10 assists in 29 games.
The Rangers have recalled goalie Brandon Halverson from the Hartford Wolf Pack for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Antti Raanta will get the start, and Halverson will serve as the backup, as Henrik Lundqvist is out with the flu.
Halverson has had a bit of a shaky year, spending time in the ECHL as well as the AHL. In his six AHL starts, he’s sporting a 3.88 GAA and a .861 SV% although the overall quality of the Wolf Pack team likely plays a role in those poor numbers. In his four ECHL starts, he has a 1.70 GAA and a .943 SV%.
The Rangers have returned forward Nicklas Jensen to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Jensen’s stint in the NHL last four games, where he was held off the scoreboard.
The Arizona Coyotes have claimed forward Josh Jooris off waivers. I find this to be odd only because I had no idea the Rangers placed Jooris on waivers. Jooris was signed in the offseason to a one-year deal, and was brought in to bring defensive stability to the penalty killing unit and the fourth line. Jooris struggled a little bit in the role, as he was a healthy scratch when the Rangers were fully healthy.
In 12 games with the Rangers, Jooris put up a line of 1-1-2, which is perfectly acceptable for his role. It seems that Nicklas Jensen and Marek Hrivik have passed him on the depth chart. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one or both stick with the club for a little while as the Rangers heal up.
I don’t think this is a matter of Jooris failing in New York. It’s a matter of younger guys with more skill surpassing him in the depth chart. Losing Jooris may hurt if the Rangers continue to get hurt, but it’s nothing big to worry about.
With the news that they potentially will be without Rick Nash and Matt Puempel for a little while, the rangers have recalled forward Nicklas Jensen from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Jensen has a line of 8-7-15 in 21 games with the Pack.
The Jensen call up likely means one or both of Nash/Puempel are not expected to play tomorrow. Jensen looks to be in, and if both can’t go, then Josh Jooris will be in as well.
The injuries keep on mounting.
The Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik. Hrivik has a line of 8-9-17 with the Wolf Pack this season, and is their leading scorer.
Hrivik has certainly earned the call up with his play. However this is likely a short term thing until Miller is healthy.
The Rangers have claimed forward Matt Puempel off waivers from the Ottawa Senators. The 2011 first round pick was waived by the Senators after not putting up a point in his 13 games thus far this season. Over 52 career games, Puempel has just four goals and two assists to his name.
Puempel is likely one of those “throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks” moves by Jeff Gorton as he and the Rangers try to deal with the slew of injuries that have done a number on their forward depth.
The 23-year-old forward is signed for this year making $900,000. Worth noting that the Rangers were 28th in the league in waiver priority. So 27 other teams passed on him, with just Chicago and Montreal behind them. At the worst, he’s a forward for Hartford. At the best, he’s a temporary stopgap until the forwards get healthy.
Both Josh Jooris (shoulder) and Chris Kreider (back) returned to practice today. Jooris has been out for about four weeks with a shoulder injury, while Kreider missed the last two games with what we assume to be continued neck spasms. Kreider has been medically cleared to play.
Since both are back, and Kreider is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow, Boo Nieves was returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack after his brief call up.