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The Rangers have signed their first undrafted free agent, agreeing to terms with goaltender Chris Nell. Nell, 22, played at Bowling Green Statue and posted a .916 SV% this year with a 17-14-2 record. Nell’s numbers are actually very solid. Nell could be another solid find in non-traditional college markets, with Cam Talbot (Alabama-Huntsville) being the first. One thing we do know, the Rangers are stacked with goalie prospects.

Also, the Rangers returned Magnus Hellberg to Hartford. News already broke that Henrik Lundqvist will travel on the California trip. This shouldn’t be a surprise.

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Mar
16

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Hellberg was sent to Hartford earlier in the week while the Rangers had three days off. The Wolf Pack didn’t have any games either, so it wasn’t like he was seeing game action.

My only guess is that these were paperwork moves. I don’t really know the conditions of emergency call ups. I could be that he had to be returned or else he would no longer be an emergency call up? I don’t know. But he’s back.

Hellberg will likely be Raanta’s backup for the weekend back-to-back.

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Feb
02

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg for tonight’s game in Buffalo. Hellberg will backup Henrik Lundqvist, as regular backup Antti Raanta is with his wife, who is expecting.

Hellberg made one appearance in his previous call up while Raanta was hurt, stopping four shots in 19 minutes.

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Jan
16

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is likely due to the injury that forced Antti Raanta from the game on Saturday night.

Hellberg has played to a .905 SV% and a 2.91 GAA this year with the Pack. Those numbers are way down from his prior years, likely due to a weaker Pack team.

No update on Raanta yet. But this recall doesn’t bode well.

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Apr
14

Rangers recall Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is not a good sign for Henrik Lundqvist, who was clipped in the eye –through his mask, mind you– by Marc Staal in the first period of last night’s playoff opener.

Hellberg, if he dresses, will be the backup for Antti Raanta. Suffice it to say, if they are recalling him this early, it doesn’t look good for Hank.

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The Rangers have returned defenseman Brady Skjei and goalie Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Both were emergency call ups for injuries to various Rangers. With the Rangers off until Saturday afternoon, it is likely that their current stints are over.

Hellberg did not play in his stint, serving as the backup to Antti Raanta. Skjei played in last night’s game in Buffalo, and did not register a point.

This move also saves cap space, but Alain Vigneault said Henrik Lundqvist is likely to play Saturday. Skjei may be back if Marc Staal or Dylan McIlrath are still out, but that’s unlikely.

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Goalie Magnus Hellberg is back up with the Rangers today after being returned yesterday. Hellberg was called up for Friday’s game on an emergency basis, as Henrik Lundqvist was dealing with neck spasms after a collision with Ryan McDonagh. Hellberg was returned for cap reasons on Saturday, and is back tonight.

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Mar
04

Rangers call up Magnus Hellberg

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Magnus Hellberg from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. This likely means Antti Raanta will start tonight, and Henrik Lundqvist will not play after colliding with Ryan McDonagh last night.

Hellberg will be the backup, and has a 22-16-2 record in Hartford, with a 2.36 GAA and a .919 SV%.

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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.

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Oct
22

Rangers goaltending shining once again

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Hank: leading the Rangers impressive stable of goalies

Wherever you look, whatever league; this season Rangers’ goaltenders are putting up strong numbers. Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s strong start, the Rangers group of netminders are showing that, at the very least, the Rangers are among the best organisations in the entire NHL for goaltending depth. Let’s take a quick look at how Rangers goaltenders are getting on to begin the season;

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Obviously, any conversation about goaltending begins and ends with Lundqvist. As he goes, so do the Rangers. Lundqvist is neck and neck with Carey Price for the best goaltender in the world tag and if the Rangers actually manage to play some consistent defense in front of their franchise goalie then this season could feature a second Vezina trophy for Lundqvist. Lundqvist may ‘only’ have a 3-2-1 record but his 2.16 GAA would be the third best mark of his career and his .931S% would represent a career high if he can maintain such a lofty figure all season.

Replacing Cam Talbot was never going to be easy for Antti Raanta but a shutout victory in your Rangers debut is one way of endearing yourself to the Rangers fanbase. His 19 game stretch (16-0-3) without losing a home game in regulation is borderline ridiculous. The Rangers managed to develop one backup (Talbot) into an NHL quality starter and there’s a legitimate chance they could do the same with Raanta. Success in the modern NHL often requires effective asset management and Raanta (26) could be the next example of the Rangers developing a young, cheap acquisition into something more significant.

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