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Dec
27

Rangers recall Brandon Halverson

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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%.

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Dec
14

Rangers return Nicklas Jensen to Hartford

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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.

Sending Jensen to Hartford likely means one or both of Rick Nash and Matt Puempel are ready to return in Dallas. Both practiced in full and traveled with the team today.

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Dec
11

Coyotes claim Josh Jooris off waivers

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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.

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Dec
07

Rangers recall Nicklas Jensen

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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.

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Dec
05

Rangers recall Marek Hrivik

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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.

This move likely comes as an injury replacement for J.T. Miller, who had a maintenance day after taking a shot from Mats Zuccarello off the knee the other day.

Hrivik has certainly earned the call up with his play. However this is likely a short term thing until Miller is healthy.

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Nov
21

Rangers claim Matt Puempel off waivers

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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.

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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.

Kevin Hayes and Derek Stepan did not practice, but are expected to play tomorrow.

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Nov
14

Rangers recall Boo Nieves from Hartford

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The Rangers have recalled forward Boo Nieves from the Hartford Wolf Pack. It is expected that the 2012 second round pick will play tomorrow night in Vancouver in place of the injured Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich. Oscar Lindberg will also play.

After an impressive preseason, Nieves was sent to Hartford where he has a line of 1-5-6 in 13 games. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s third on the team in scoring. The Wolf Pack are kind of bad right now, so it was a choice by the club to take either the highest scorer (Marek Hrivik), or the kid who might have a future with the Rangers. They chose the latter.

I’d expect Nieves to play in a top-nine role in Vancouver.

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dylan mcilrath

The long awaited Dylan McIlrath trade has happened, as the Rangers have sent the former first round pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Steve Kampfer and a conditional 7th round pick. Many have waited for McIlrath to be on the move since before his demotion, as it has been clear that he has no future with this club as currently constructed.

In return, the Rangers are getting Kampfer, whom they actually traded to Florida two years ago after signing him as a free agent. Kampfer has actually played some significant minutes with the Panthers in years past, but has skated in just one game this year, likely as a result of an upgraded blue line in Sunrise.

McIlrath ends his Rangers career with a line of 2-2-4 in 38 games with 84 PIMs. This was overall bad management by the Rangers since 2010. It was a bad pick (given who was available), bad development, bad handling once in the NHL, and now a relatively bad trade for a spare part and a conditional late pick.

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Oct
27

Rangers place Dylan McIlrath on waivers

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Update: McIlrath needs to play 41 more games this season, or else he becomes a UFA. This is likely the reason why there was no trade.

The Rangers have officially placed Dylan McIlrath on waivers. This move comes as no surprise, as Alain Vigneault has more or less stated he’s not going to play him. As the odd-man out on the now healthy blue line, the Rangers appear to have been unsuccessful in trying to trade him.

Personally, I don’t think McIlrath ever got a fair shake from AV. I think he could have been a serviceable bottom pairing guy. That said, he’s not going to be a top-four guy, and he’s not someone to really flip out over losing. It would have been nice had he made it, though.

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