Category: Transactions

Michael St. Croix recalled to Wolf Pack

The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled forward Michael St. Croix from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. This is St. Croix’s third stint with the AHL, where he is scoreless in nine games (2 PIMs, -3 rating). In 37 games in Greenville, St. Croix has a line of 13-27-40, with 12 PIMs and a +1 rating. St. Croix might be replacing the injured Danny Kristo in the lineup.

The Pack also recalled goaltender Scott Stajcer, but that is more a formality. He suffered another hip injury, and will miss the rest of the season. This is the same hip injury that has plagued him for the entire career. Stajcer is an RFA at the end of this year, and likely won’t be re-signed.

Rangers sign goalie David LeNeveu (Update: Clears waivers)

Thursday: LeNeveu cleared waivers, and will report to Hartford.

Wednesday afternoon:  As expected, this was a one day thing for LeNeveu. He’s on waivers today, to be reassigned to Hartford if he clears.

Wednesday morning: This happened yesterday before the loss to the Isles, and the game/storm kept us from really posting about it until now. In response to their need for a backup goalie last night, the Rangers signed David LeNeveu, who was on an ATO with Hartford, to a one-year, two-way contract. LeNeveu will serve as the backup to Cam Talbot while Henrik Lundqvist is out with the flu.

LeNeveu was actually Ranger property once before, when he was acquired with Frederik Sjostrom, Josh Gratton, and a 5th round pick (Roman Horak) for Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa. Interesting fact: Horak was sent to Calgary in a deal for Tim Erixon, and Erixon was sent to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade. So, LeNeveu is tied to this Ranger team in more ways than one.

The signing puts the Rangers at 48 contracts (max of 50). This is a minor signing, but it really does illustrate the lack of goaltending depth in the farm.

Rangers trade Michael Del Zotto to Nashville for Kevin Klein

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein, a 29-year-old right-handed defenseman, has a line of 1-2-3 in 47 games with the Preds. His peripherals aren’t spectacular (44% Corsi, -4.4% relative Corsi, 46.7% O/D St%, 28.0% ToTm%QoC) either.

Comparatively, MDZ had 2-9-11 in 42 games with better puck possession and much higher offensive zone starts (51.1% Corsi, -1.6% relative, 60.3% O/D St%, 27.8% ToTm%QoC). Klein is signed for four more years beyond this one at $2.9 milllion, while Del Zotto was set to be an RFA after the season ends.

Honestly, MDZ didn’t really get a fair shake in New York after his rough sophomore season and really needed a change of scenery. That said, the trade gives the Rangers a much-needed right handed shot on the third pairing to go with John Moore. MDZ was certainly a frustrating player to watch, and Klein will be a reliable –but unspectacular– third pairing guy.

According to Nashville bloggers section303.com, Klein was a huge part of the defense corps in Nashville and will be missed.

Suit’s Scouting Report on Klein:

I think Klein is a solid pickup. He kills penalties, blocks a lot of shots, and he isn’t afraid to mix it up. I think he brings some sorely needed grit to the bottom four pairings, and you all know what I thought about needing another right-handed shot.

Could Sather have gotten more for MDZ than a gritty stay-at-home guy? Maybe in another season, but his value has plummeted and ultimately we’re filling a big need. Think of this as an overdue replacement for Sauer and your expectations won’t be disappointed. Hopefully he’ll fit the system.

J.T. Miller returned to Hartford

Per friend of the blog Sean Hartnett (good follow for you on Twitter), the Rangers have returned forward J.T. Miller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Miller returning to the AHL is a product of the recently acquired Dan Carcillo’s strong play as a replacement for the injured Derek Dorsett.

Miller played very well in his recent call up, playing in nine games, registering a goal and an assist, and being more engaged in the play while improving on his three-zone game. Miller is best served getting big minutes in the AHL so that he can be a big contributor when he sticks full-time.

No supplementary discipline for Kreider

Per Larry Brooks, the NHL Department of Player Safety will not pursue supplementary discipline on winger Chris Kreider for his hit on Fedor Tyutin last night. As noted in the goal breakdown, Kreider definitely slowed before hitting Tyutin, did not hit him in the numbers, and appeared to push him more than anything. The hit was in that danger area, but it’s more a testament to Kreider’s strength than it is a dirty hit.

Also Tyutin wasn’t seriously injured on the play, which plays a role in these things.

Rangers place Martin Biron on unconditional waivers

Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have officially placed goalie Martin Biron on unconditional waivers. This is just a paperwork move to terminate the contract and open up a spot on the 50-man reserve list. Biron will go unclaimed.

Rangers reassign Conor Allen to Hartford

The Rangers have sent defenseman Connor Allen to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. Allen played three games in his first NHL cuppa, being held off the scoreboard with a -1 rating. Allen played his three games with a 49.1% CF% (+1.4% relative) while starting 54% of his shifts in the offensive zone. Clearly this is a small sample size.

Allen played very well, and this is not the end of his career as a Ranger, although many will believe his demotion is the end of the world. Unless he was perfect, he was always destined to be sent back down. It was good seeing what the kid has. He will work on his game and either be called up again soon, or compete for a roster spot next season.

Rangers acquire Dan Carcillo from Kings

Sorry for the delay on this one, since this happened on a Saturday night we weren’t around to post this right away. The Rangers have acquired forward Dan Carcillo from the LA Kings in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick. The trade for Carcillo addresses New York’s need for toughness, and even more so since the injury to Derek Dorsett. This is a low risk move, as Carcillo is a UFA after this season making $825,000. The move may be low risk, but I wonder why it was necessary with Arron Asham, who –for all intents and purposes– is the same player as Carcillo, is in Hartford.

Scheduling note: The goal breakdown from last night’s 7-1 win will be up in the afternoon.

Rangers sign draft pick Anthony Duclair

Sorry for missing this yesterday, but in preparations for the storm I missed this signing. The Rangers signed 2013 3rd round pick –and big time talent– Anthony Duclair to an entry level deal yesterday. Duclair is the first Rangers draft pick from 2013 to sign a deal, although that comes as no surprise. Duclair was a huge talent headed into the draft, but questions about work ethic and declining production caused a slide to the third round. This year Duclair has been on fire, with a line of 31-26-57 in just 37 games.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at the moment (first year of the deal is likely 2014-2015), but the 18-year-old will not count towards the 50 contract limit until he hits the AHL (minimum age: 20 years old).

Penguins claim Taylor Pyatt off waivers

The Taylor Pyatt era in New York has come to an end. The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed the winger off waivers, absolving the Rangers of his $1.55 million cap hit and clearing a spot on the 50 man reserve list. Over his 70 games for the Rangers, Pyatt was a pretty big disappointment, putting together a line of 6-6-12 over the season and a half.