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The Rangers have placed defenseman Peter Zamorsky on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract. Zamorsky was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Czech league in June of 2014. Zamorsky never made the cut for the Rangers, and was getting passed on the depth chart by guys like Brady Skjei and Ryan Graves. Zamorsky will return to the Czech Republic, and he will be removed from the reserve list.
The Rangers also placed goalie Cedrick Desjardins on regular waivers, and he will be sent to the AHL. Desjardins was injured, so he couldn’t be waived prior to today.
Richard Nejezchleb was sent down to the ECHL as well.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled goalie Mackenzie Skapski from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and loaned goalie Jeff Malcolm to Greenville. Skapski was sent to Greenville on last week on a conditioning stint, rehabbing from surgery. Skapski is back with Hartford, where he will presumably split duties with Magnus Hellberg.
As expected, Tanner Glass has cleared waivers. Assuming he is sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers will clear $950,000 in much needed cap space. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit for Glass as a part of the Wade Redden rule.
The Rangers have placed winger Tanner Glass on waivers. Glass appears to have been beaten out by Jarret Stoll for the 13F position, and his $1.45 million cap hit was putting the Rangers in a precarious position. If unclaimed and the Rangers send him to Hartford, the Rangers will only clear $950,000 of his salary on the cap. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit, per the Wade Redden rule.
In one of those “wtf” moments of the day, the Rangers have placed forward Nick Tarnasky on waivers. Tarnasky was on the training camp roster, but was injured. Injured players cannot be waived. So this is more of a paperwork thing. When Tarnasky clears, he will go to Hartford.
Both Raphael Diaz and Jayson Megna cleared waivers this afternoon, and will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Megna clearing was no surprise, but it is relatively surprising that Diaz cleared. There are a few teams that could use a cheap, capable defenseman –specifically Boston, who is without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg– but I guess teams want to see what they have internally first.
One of the odder questions this summer was the status of 2014 5th rounder Richard Nejezchleb. He remained unsigned, but was in camp this year. That situation is resolved, as Nejezchleb has signed an AHL deal with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Since it’s an AHL deal, he will not count towards the 50 contract limit, nor will he be able to be called up to the NHL. His rights remain with the Rangers.
Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers have invited former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore to camp on a PTO. Bellemore is a right-handed defenseman that played in 49 games with the Canes last year, putting up 2-8-10. Bellemore was a net-negative possession player, both raw and relative, in Carolina the last two seasons.
The New York Rangers have appointed Chris Drury as the new Director of Player Development. The current Rangers front office page has Jim Sullivan listed as the Director of Player Development, along with a few other titles. My guess is that Drury will just take the development role, and not the other roles Sullivan has.
While Drury’s contract wasn’t great, he has always been a well respected player and was widely regarded as one of the best leaders in the game. It’s nice to see Drury back with the organization.