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Per Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have waived center Matt Lombardi and defensemen Steve Kampfer and Mike Kostka. As a formality, they have also placed goalie Cedrick Desjardins on waivers, but that was expected. He wasn’t on waivers during the last round of cuts because he was injured, and injured players cannot be waived.
This means that Matt Hunwick has likely won the 7D spot (assuming Dylan McIlrath is sent to Hartford for big minutes). This also means that Lombardi’s injury likely cost him a legitimate shot at cracking this roster. I assume he will be a short term injury call up if need be.
Immediately after July 1, it looked like the Rangers would have several forward spots open to competition at training camp. However, the eventual signings of Matt Lombardi, Lee Stempniak and Kevin Hayes have made it much more difficult for anyone else to earn a spot in the lineup. The likes of J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg still figure to duke it out with some of those depth signings for the final spot or two, but it’s going to be exceedingly difficult for anyone else to enter the fray. With that said, here’s a look at the handful of forwards and defensemen that could conceivably be in the mix with a standout performance at camp.
Ryan Malone – This one is a real long-shot not only because of the legal questions surrounding Malone, but because the Rangers would have to ship out a player to fit Malone under the 50-contract limit. Malone was once an effective power forward and is presumably being invited to training camp on the off chance the Blueshirts catch lightning in a bottle in their search to replace Benoit Pouliot, but unless Malone dominates, it’s highly unlikely he makes the team.