The New York Rangers made a few roster moves upon returning from Europe, one of which was a necessity, and the other was expected. The necessary move was returning Scott Stajcer to the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. The Rangers were allowed to carry a third emergency goalie while they were in Europe, but are no longer allowed to do so since returning to North America. Stajcer will play his overage season with Owen Sound before joining the Rangers organization.
The other move was the easily predicted move, as the Rangers also sent Brendan Bell to the Connecticut Whale. Bell was kept on the roster as an emergency defenseman because of the Marc Staal injury, and because the Rangers didn’t want to send him home prematurely, like they had to do with Stu Bickel. The acquisition of Jeff Woywitka made Bell’s demotion to the AHL a certainty. Woywitka will still serve as the healthy scratch for now, until someone plays their way out of the lineup.