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The first domino for the Rangers in the undrafted free agent market has fallen, as UMass-Lowell forward Adam Chapie has inked a one-year ELC. Chapie, whose deal is one year two years because he is 24 years old, completed his senior season with the UM-L Hawks this season, tallying a line of 16-19-35 in 39 games. This is on the heels of his 12-19-31 performance last season.

The report on Chapie is fairly slim. The 6’1″, 185-lb forward was a walk on at Lowell, and played in the NAHL for two years prior. He’s a right-handed shot, which the Rangers sorely need. That’s about it. I would assume that he will get a look in camp next year, but a fair guess would be that he stays in the AHL for a season or two.

Chapie will join Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty as some of the many new faces expected in Hartford next year.

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As expected, the Rangers have signed 2011 third round pick Steven Fogarty to a two-year entry level contract. Fogarty finished up his senior year at Notre Dame with a line of 10-13-23 in 37 games while serving as captain of the Irish squad. Fogarty’s ceiling is likely a bottom-six defensive specialist who wins faceoffs but doesn’t chip in much offensively. Realistically, he could be a nice replacement for Dominic Moore down the road.

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As expected the Rangers have signed 2012 second round pick Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to a two year entry level deal. Nieves just finished his senior season at Michigan, the best of his four year career. He put up 10-21-31 in his final season, setting a career high in goals, points, and tying his career high in assists. Nieves is one of two drafted college seniors that the Rangers will likely be signing, as Steven Fogarty (2011-third round) should also be signing shortly.

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The Rangers have returned defenseman Brady Skjei and goalie Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Both were emergency call ups for injuries to various Rangers. With the Rangers off until Saturday afternoon, it is likely that their current stints are over.

Hellberg did not play in his stint, serving as the backup to Antti Raanta. Skjei played in last night’s game in Buffalo, and did not register a point.

This move also saves cap space, but Alain Vigneault said Henrik Lundqvist is likely to play Saturday. Skjei may be back if Marc Staal or Dylan McIlrath are still out, but that’s unlikely.

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Rangers recall Brady Skjei

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Skjei will travel with the team to Buffalo tonight, and will replace Marc Staal/Dylan McIlrath in the lineup, who are both out with injuries. This is Skjei’s third stint and fourth game with the team. He has not registered a point yet.

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Goalie Magnus Hellberg is back up with the Rangers today after being returned yesterday. Hellberg was called up for Friday’s game on an emergency basis, as Henrik Lundqvist was dealing with neck spasms after a collision with Ryan McDonagh. Hellberg was returned for cap reasons on Saturday, and is back tonight.

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Rangers call up Magnus Hellberg

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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%.

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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.

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Rangers return Marek Hrivik to Hartford

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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.

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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.

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