Call Ups/Demotions

Rangers recall Ryan Bourque and Chris Summers

With a need to rest some guys on the NHL roster, the New York Rangers have recalled forward Ryan Bourque and defenseman Chris Summers for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. ┬áSummers was recalled once by the Rangers last month when Matt Hunwick was a last minute scratch against the Washington Capitals on March 29.

Bourque, who will likely play in the bottom six, was seen as someone who could have potentially cracked the roster in camp, but was beaten out by Anthony Duclair and Kevin Hayes (and then eventually J.T. Miller). Bourque has a line of 12-18-30 this year in Hartford. I expect that this is also an audition for Bourque to see where he stands with the organization.

Both guys will play tonight and possibly this weekend.

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  • This is a really nice reward for Ryan Bourque. I doubt he’s NHL caliber but from what I’ve read he’s a hard worker and he’s battled back from the concussion issues he had a few years ago.

    I imagine this is an audition for him, something he can show the rest of the league since the Rangers likely won’t keep him after this season.

    • This move may actually help the Rangers keep Bourque. I view him as a fifteenth forward kind of guy, not good enough for the NHL, but someone who will be competent if you have a spate of injuries. If he is on the same page, he’ll want to be in an organization that treats him well. Plus the Rangers find out if he really is competent.

      Of course, if a bad team wants to give him a real shot, he’s likely out of here.

      • Oh, I was thinking the Rangers weren’t planning on bringing Bourque back. The Rangers can only have so many players under contract, I figured Bourque would be part of the annual clear out this summer.

        Bourque is not a bad option as a 15th/16th forward but he’s no longer waiver exempt which makes him a less than ideal player for that role.

  • Either way, we can give Girardi or Boyle the night off and maybe MSL or Nash too. These guys can use a break.

    • Actually Chris McCarthy played at Greenville all year, not Hartford. For a guy who played in a good college program, I think that makes him a washout. Haggerty did play in Hartford, which is a plus, but, as Dave says, he needs to do better.

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