In the second big move of the day, the Rangers have called up forwards J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from the CT Whale, and returned Benn Ferriero to the AHL. Despite impressing in his debut, Ferriero saw reduced time on the ice, and with the acquisition of Darroll Powe, the writing may have been on the wall for the forward. This won’t be his last trip to the NHL.
In eight games with the Whale, Mashinter has a line of 3-4-7 and has been one of the best forwards on the ice. Miller, the Rangers prized prospect, has a line of 8-12-20 in 37 games, and has really picked up his game since his slow start to the season.
Tonight, the Rangers made a minor deal, sending AHLer Tommy Grant and a 2014 seventh-round draft choice to the San Jose Sharks for LW Brandon Mashinter.
Mashinter, 24, stands 6-foot-4, 230 lbs. He has posted two goals and three assists in 30 games this season with San Jose’s AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Last season, Mashinter tallied 16 goals and 17 assists in 65 games. He made a cameo in the NHL in 2010-2011, playing 13 point-less games and serving 17 penalty minutes.
Mashinter spends some time in the penalty box, having been in four fights this year and seven a season ago. He carries an NHL cap hit of $550k.
Grant, 26, signed with New York before last season and had nine goals and seven assists in 34 games with the Whale this year.
This is a pretty insignificant trade for the Rangers. Grant was not part of the team’s future plans and Mashinter won’t be either. However, he clearly offers size and a willingness to drop the gloves, which the Rangers like to have some of in the minors.