The Rangers have waived forward Marek Hrivik. If he clears, he will be sent back to the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL, where he will likely be the first injury call up again. Hrivik played solid if unspectacular hockey in his 16 game stint with the Rangers this year. He registered a pair of assists, the second and third of his career, while playing primarily in a fourth line role.
Hrivik’s success helped stabilize what could have been a disastrous fourth line as the Rangers dealt with a flurry of injuries in December. Hrivik’s weakness is that he isn’t offensively gifted enough for the NHL, which eventually led to the Rangers choosing Matt Puempel over him. Alain Vigneault wants skill up and down the lineup, and it’s tough to really fault that logic.
If Hrivik clears, he will likely be back at some point this season if the Rangers are unable to remain healthy. At the very worst, he will be a part of the taxi squad for the playoff run.