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Callahan Breaks Ankle, Out Indefinitely; Newbury Recalled (Now Returned)

The rumors of the injury to Ryan Callahan were rampant, and as optimistic Ranger fans, we were inclined to not believe them. However, they are true. It’s being reported on Twitter and on WFAN 660 that Cally broke his ankle blocking the Zdeno Chara slap shot with under two minutes remaining in the third period, and will be out indefinitely. The injury is a huge blow to the Rangers, as Cally has been one of, if not the most important players all year. He is clearly their on ice leader, and is their second leading scorer (23 goals, 48 points).

Kris Newbury, who was recalled yesterday as a precaution and sent back down before the game, was re-called immediately following the game. He will play until Chris Drury returns, which may be sooner rather than later. If I had to guess, Marian Gaborik will slide up to replace Cally on the Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov line, and Drury/Newbury will slide in to the fourth line RW role, with Drury taking critical face offs.

Update 1:30pm: Kris Newbury has been returned to CT. It makes me believe that Drury is ready to go for Thursday.

Update 1:35pm: Per Andrew Gross, Matt Gilroy will be used at RW in the interim. This should be interesting.

Rangers Call Up Kris Newbury

As per the AHL Transaction Log, the Rangers have called up Kris Newbury to serve another stint with the NHL. In his previous 11 NHL games, Newbury registered an assist and 35 PIMs, to go with a -1 rating. Although Newbury’s numbers aren’t flashy, he provides a physical presence and a level of grit that the Rangers have been missing for the past few games. Also, Newbury’s presence may also push some of the regulars in the lineup, as the fear of being scratched is generally a good motivator.

Some may find it a little odd that Mats Zuccarello wasn’t the player recalled, but his skill set doesn’t really match what the Rangers need right now. The next three opponents for the Rangers play a very physical game, and Newbury just matches up better than Zuccarello in that regard. Zuccarello also needs significant minutes to continue developing, while Newbury would be playing fourth line minutes with the Rangers. It makes sense for the short and long term.

Kris Newbury Recalled Again

This year’s winner of the Hartford Road Trip Bonanza is Kris Newbury, who has been recalled again by the Rangers in light of the Marian Gaborik concussion. Newbury has been up and down a few times this season, and has certainly earned that right to be the first call up. He has played well in his time with the Rangers. He won’t add offense, but he will at least play a grinding style that fits the Rangers style.

It is a bit surprising to see that the Rangers didn’t call up someone with more offensive prowess, considering it was Gaborik that was injured. However, it looks like someone like Mats Zuccarello (pure speculation) might get some more ice time in an offensive role. The Rangers are letting the kids play, that’s for sure.

Newbury Returned to CT

As expected, Kris Newbury has been returned to the CT Whale this morning. Newbury was initially called up to serve as a replacement for Wojtek Wolski, but Wolski’s ribs were better last night, resulting in Newbury serving as the scratch. Newbury said he was thrilled that he was the first call up for the Rangers due to injury, and he will likely continue to serve as the first call up, should any more injuries arrive. Newbury was acquired for Jordan Owens at last year’s trade deadline, and has been serviceable as a call up this season. In eight games this year, Newbury has an assist, 35 PIMs, and a -2 rating while playing on the fourth line.

Wolski, Eminger Out; Newbury, Del Zotto In Against Kings

The New York Rangers have decided that Wojtek Wolski’s injured ribs have not healed sufficiently over the past three days for him to play tomorrow against the Kings.  The discussion seems to center around Wolski wanting to go but being unsure of how long he would last and Andrew Gross passes along that coach John Tortorella did not want to start the game with him and end up short a forward early on.  This is similar to how they handled the Dan Girardi rib issue right before the All-Star break and it is a smart move to play it cautious right now and not make into a bigger or longer term injury issue.

With Wolski out of the lineup, the team has recalled Kris Newbury from the Connecticut Whale and he will be in the lineup tomorrow.  There is no word yet on where Newbury will play, but he is capable of playing either center or left wing.

Also per Andrew Gross, Mats Zuccarello will take Wolski’s point position on the power play unit.  After looking shaky there earlier in the year, coach John Tortorella has liked what he has seen from Zuccarello on the point during recent practices.  The fact that the Rangers have Zuccarello and Stepan on the points on the power play only underscores their need for a natural power play quarterback.

On the defensive side, according to Steve Zipay, and to the surprise of no one, Michael Del Zotto will be back in and Steve Eminger will be out.  I say that there is no surprise because Eminger only got 4:08 of playing time against the Penguins, so Del Zotto being moved back into the lineup has as much to do with displeasure towards Eminger as a vote of confidence in Michael, in my opinion.  The reality is none of the final three guys in the defensive rotation are playing well right now and I would not be surprised to see either a trade happen or Matt Gilroy also get sat down in the near future.

Newbury Returned To CT

As expected, Kris Newbury was returned to the Connecticut Whale this afternoon. With Vinny Prospal due back tonight, and the returns of Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky on Tuesday night, Newbury was the odd man out. He played well during his call up, netting an assist and 35 PIMs in 8 games. He played a physical game, and filled in very well for an extremely depleted Rangers team.

Rangers Recall Del Zotto, Grachev, Newbury

With the second “half” of the season kicking off tomorrow, the Rangers recalled some bodies to help fill out the roster to deal with the injuries. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, and forwards Evgeny Grachev and Kris Newbury have been recalled by the club. For the last game before the break, the Rangers had three forwards (Grachev, Newbury, Chad Kolarik) in the lineup who were returned to Hartford the next day. With the club only recalling two, it likely means that Ryan Callahan’s hand is okay, and he will be back in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game.

The recall of Del Zotto is either an insurance policy, or it means that Dan Girardi’s ribcage hasn’t fully healed yet. Del Zotto hasn’t been a liability in his brief recall, so let’s hope he can keep up the strong play.

Roster Moves: Five Players Back To Connecticut; Callahan, Prospal Activated.

According to Andrew Gross, the Rangers are going to use the NHL All-Star break as a chance to allow many of the recent recalled players to go back to the Connecticut Whale and continue playing.  Here is what he had to say during his recap of last night’s loss:

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forwards Evgeny Grachev, Brodie Dupont, Chad Kolarik and Kris Newbury will be rejoining Connecticut tomorrow. Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are expected back for the Rangers home game against the Penguins Tuesday but there will likely be some forwards brought back to the NHL club.

This move is the right one for the present and future of all the individual players and the organization.  Players like Del Zotto and Grachev are at a stage where they need to play as many games and minutes as possible.  Both of these players looked better than they did the last time they were up with the Rangers, but there is still significant work ahead for them to be here regularly.  Del Zotto is certainly closer than Grachev to reaching that marker, but the defense also has significantly less injuries at the moment and all six that are here have clearly outperformed him.

Along with the moves to send these five back to the AHL, the New York Rangers also activated Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal from IR.  The news on Callahan is that he is expected to be back for the game against the Penguins, which will be a huge lift to the club.  Dan Girardi is also expected to be back after missing the last two games with a rib injury.

The news on Propsal is less clear as it has seemed to be all season.  The reason for the activation seems to be the Rangers needing a 20th player on the active roster in order to send all five players back to Connecticut and not because he is that close to returning.  The news on Prospal is encouraging, but do not expect him to be in the lineup on Tuesday as many originally surmised from the news he was being activated.

As Gross said, some of these players will likely be back before the team plays its next game on Tuesday against the Penguins, but do not expect them all to return.  If Callahan is the only Rangers forward to return to the lineup after this break than I would expect Newbury to definitely return with the other spot likely going to Kolarik.  I do not see the need to carry an extra young player as a scratch consistently when they can play in the AHL and continue their development.

Any players that are going to be recalled will likely happen either on Sunday or Monday.

This morning Chris took a look what to do with Mats Zuccarello once the injuries end and those players return.

I took a slightly different approach than Chris did in looking at the roster announcements made and how the fact that Zuccarello not being among them said, even if unofficially, Zuke was here to stay.

Newbury Making His Case To Stay

When the New York Rangers brought Kris Newbury up from the Connecticut Whale following the season ending injury to Alex Frolov expectations were he would fill a role and then go back down when injured players began to return.  Here you had a 28-year-old player who had seen limited stints in the NHL with Toronto and Detroit, but never latched on as a full-time player.

“(Newbury) has had a pretty good year down there (Hartford),” Rangers coach John Tortorella told the Rangers media after practice. “He had a good camp with us, he’s dropped some weight, which we asked him to do, so we’re going to give him an opportunity.”

That opportunity would not come as expected because the team traded Michal Rozsival for Wojtek Wolski, which left Newbury on the outside looking in as a healthy scratch.

“He got screwed,” Tortorella said of Newbury when he was forced to watch the initial game follow his recall.

Newbury would remain a healthy scratch for two games, but then he would get his chance in the lineup against Montreal.  Once Newbury got that opportunity he has shown that while reckless at times he has the ability to fill two roles that the Rangers desperately need help with right now; faceoffs and fighting.  From his first shifts in Montreal and throughout all four games to this point Newbury has shown he can be a great fit for the system and those two roles.  With each shift he looks to hit, is good on the forecheck, has some passing skill and is certainly not afraid to mix it up.

In four games Newbury has had three scraps in which he won two of them.  The wins and losses in the fights are not as important as the fact it can take some pressure off Brandon Prust to be the team fighter and let him have his injured shoulder heal as much as possible.

Beyond the fighting the Rangers are currently 28th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage at an embarrassing 45.9% as a team.  Newbury, on the other hand, in his limited attempts is winning 69% of his draws (20/29) and 75% in his last three games (18/24).

Following last night’s game Tortorella showered praise on fellow rookie Chad Kolarik and Newbury for their play emphatically stating, “They’re going to stay in the lineup.”

If Newbury continues to show the value he has shown in these four games throughout this battle through injuries, then he will make a case to stick around once the injured heal up.

Time To Send Weise Back To CT

The Rangers have a bit of a dilemma on their hands. Right now, they have two guys who are AHL call ups fulfilling the role of “stereotypical injury replacement” while the Rangers wait to get Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, and maybe Vinny Prospal back from injury. Dale Weise, called up after the Erik Christensen injury, and Kris Newbury, called up after the Alex Frolov injury, have both been competing for the fourth line RW spot to play around five minutes per game. Newbury, 28, has some NHL experience prior to this year, where he has been utilized in a fourth line role. Meanwhile, this is Weise’s first NHL go-round at 22 years old.

At some point, one of these two is going to have to be returned to the CT Whale. It doesn’t appear there is much competition for the spot, as whoever is playing is just keeping the roster spot warm and cozy until someone returns from injury. Both offer relatively the same kind of player, but with Weise offering more offensive skill, and Newbury more toughness. Personally, I don’t see a reason to keep Weise around if he is going to get five minutes per game. Let the kid go back to the AHL, get top line minutes, and develop more. Newbury is used to playing these kinds of minutes in the NHL, and likely isn’t in the Rangers long term plans. Oh, and Newbury can win face-offs. May as well keep him around.

Of course, the Rangers might keep both of them around until the All-Star break, when the Rangers get a week off.