Archive for Transactions
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 2015 second round pick Ryan Gropp on an entry level deal. Gropp is in his age-19 season in the WHL and has a line of 18-14-32 in 32 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The 6’2″, 188 lb LW was the other prize in the Carl Hagelin deal, and has a rare combination of size, speed, and hands. He’s also a pure shooter, something the organization urgently needs.
Gropp wasn’t supposed to be available when the Rangers selected him at 41st overall, but it’s why they moved up in that Hagelin deal to grab him. His ELC doesn’t start until next season, when he will be 20 years old. He will be eligible for the NHL, AHL, or returned to the WHL that year.
Per NBC Sports, Rangers defenseman Raphael Diaz has signed a five-year deal with EV Zug in Switzerland. Diaz’s deal will start next season, so he will finish out his one-year deal with the Rangers/Wolf Pack. Diaz was slated to be the call up when Kevin Klein went down, but Diaz himself was also hurt. He has spent the entire season in Hartford.
Magnus Hellberg and Chris Summers have been returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Hellberg served as the backup for Antti Raanta while he was out, and Summers played a few games while Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi were out. It appears the Rangers expect to be fully healthy when the Christmas break ends on Monday.
The Rangers have made a trio of roster moves in preparation for tonight’s game in Winnipeg. Brady Skjei was returned to Hartford and Chris Summers was called up. My guess here is that the Rangers want a steadier presence in the lineup until Kevin Klein returns, as Skjei was prone to a few mistakes in his first call up. Could have just been jitters.
Per Elliotte Friedman, the Minnesota Wild have claimed Jarret Stoll. Stoll was waived by the Rangers yesterday after a relatively sub-par performance in 29 games with the Rangers. Stoll put up 1-2-3 in 29 games with the Rangers, while possessing one of the worst possession rankings in the league. He was solid in the faceoff circle, but brought little else to the table.
The Rangers have called up defenseman Brady Skjei for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, per Sean Hartnett. The 2012 first round pick is leading all Hartford Wolf Pack defensemen in scoring, and is by far the best defenseman on the roster. Skjei will take Dan Girardi’s place in the lineup.
The Rangers have placed center Jarret Stoll on waivers, per Ryan Rishaug. Stoll has been a bit underwhelming as a Ranger, and while he brings excellent faceoff skills to the club, he does little else. This paves the way for some cap space and for Emerson Etem to get in the lineup a bit more regularly.
It should be worth noting that Tanner Glass’ play of late made Stoll expendable as the 13F.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with Kayleigh Peterson on a one-day contract, making her a player for the day. The terms of the deal are straight forward, as Kayleigh will be a Ranger as long as she smiles and has a good time. I’m sure I speak for all the BSB writers when I say we look forward to seeing her out there.
The Rangers have recalled forward Tanner Glass from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Glass was waived in October, as he did not have a spot on the roster when everyone was healthy. With Derek Stepan on the shelf, the Rangers needed a spare forward. Although Jayson Megna was called up over the weekend just in case a forward couldn’t play, clearly Alain Vigneault prefers to have someone like Glass around just in case.
It is unclear how long Glass will be with the team, but it’s logical to assume he will be here through the Western Canada road trip. Glass put up a line of 2-3-5 in 17 games with the Pack.
The Rangers have returned forward Jayson Megna to Hartford. Megna was called up yesterday as a potential last minute replacement for a “game time decision” with one of the forwards. Obviously the forward in question played, so Megna was not used.
Worth noting: Megna is the first forward in line for a call up.