Rangers waive Matt Beleskey

The Rangers have placed forward Matt Beleskey on waivers. Beleskey was injured in preseason and could not be waived/cut until he was off IR. Now that he is healthy, the Rangers will likely send him to Hartford.

If/When he is sent to Hartford, Beleskey’s cap hit will be $875,000 at the NHL level, a savings of $1.025 million on the cap.

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18 thoughts on “Rangers waive Matt Beleskey

  • Oct 24, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t know if it is Quinn or Gorton or both, but this team needs to get over its Cody McLeod crush. Belesky may be a shadow of his former self, but that’s still a significantly higher skill ceiling than McLeod possesses. Neither one of them scares any of the other enforcers around the league, or the Tom Wilson types of the league, so that’s a moot point. Skill alone though, it should not be Belesky going to Hartford right now.

    • Oct 24, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Agree 100%. This is a strange move. Beleskey must need some game conditioning, maybe?

      • Oct 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm

        Yeah, that or cap reasons. Still, they could figure out the cap if they really wanted to, and they could ease him in with the big club. The final possibility is they are hoping someone claims him, but that would be fairly shocking. You never know though, I guess.

    • Oct 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      One consideration. Beleskey won’t be claimed whereas McLeod might and Quinn wants McLeod long term for his 13th forward, the guy who is available but doesn’t actually play much. I suspect the plan is to give Beleskey a few games of work to get himself properly conditioned and give Lettieri a longer trial, but then swap Beleskey and Lettieri.

      • Oct 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm

        I hear you and don’t deny you that is likely at all, but it’s a lame approach. More Good Hockey Man stuff that just is not using their heads. Belesky’s silly salary is why he won’t get claimed. Cody McLeod’s lack of hockey skill is why he shouldn’t get claimed, but again Good Hockey Man stuff, so he might. .09 PPG AVG the last four years. I don’t care how your role is labelled on a hockey team – if you are a forward, and those are the types of numbers you are posting in a league, you do not belong in that league. “Enforcer” (which McLeod certainly is willing to to be, but also certainly is not at all effective whatsoever at being), or not. I’m not a big dude, but if I was in the NHL and wanted to slew foot Zib and take out the Rangers’ best player, McLeod wouldn’t deter me one single bit. I’d take a couple punches, maybe deliver one or two myself, “lose my balance”, and that would be that. Big whoop. Spend the rest of the game looking over my shoulder for a guy so slow he probably can’t hit me effectively unless I have my head down anyway. Big whoop.

        McLeod does not belong on any NHL roster, and every time the Rangers find a way to make sure he is on theirs when they have an out, it infuriates me, frankly. Above all else, McQuaid – who will not be in the running for the Norris by any stretch but is still leagues more effective in the game outcome than McLeod – has rendered the continued presence of McLeod on the roster completely null.

        In any case, to be clear, I’m not worked up about your comment at all, haha. I’m worked up that the front office/coaching staff can possibly still be taking this stance with their logic. I’d rather see Bobby Butler be skating in McLeod’s role, for crying out loud. It has become ridiculous that McLeod is even on the roster, even if he is in the Adam Clendening Memorial Suite most nights.

    • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:02 am

      I know I will get crushed here…but I can tell you there is a specific reason why McLeod is a Ranger this season. I hate to write online who I know and so on, Tony- Richter1994- I have not even told you this yet my friend. A good friend of mine was in the NHL for 15 years, was the strength conditioning coach for many teams, one being COL on two-occasions in the 90’s and a few years ago. My buddy is also friends with Quinn, ran practices together in COL and in Lake Erie. As much as McLeod might suck, The Rangers have McLeod around from what I told and understand is for his training work ethnic and to protect the kids, before i get crushed…McLeod is a freaking beast when it comes to training and a great, great locker room dude…if anything McLeod is helping the young players on the roster and soon to be on the roster getting adjusted to the NHL while keeping things honest on the ice so guys like Tom Wilson do not take cheap shots at 19 and 20 year olds. Just saying… This is a rebuild..some things I question like having Spooner and Names around and Hayes not moved, but for me, as long as the big Cigar- Glen Sather is receiving a paycheck from James Dolan, we will always question some decisions. Different topic- Marc Staal-my goodness that turnover against FLA that lead to a crap show SOG…he must sit…Hajek will be the first up from Hartford..Rangers will have to move a LD sooner than later..Hajek gonna be a good one gentleman.

      • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        Thanks for the insight AZ

        • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

          my pleasure Peter

  • Oct 24, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Could not agree more.

    Given all the tinkering he at least deserves a game or two to see how he would fit into the mix. It’s not like he is going to bust the cap.

    I figured McLeod was a goner once Belesky came off IR.

    • Oct 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      This was meant as a reply to the Egg man

  • Oct 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    McLeod, perfect example of an enforcer who has nothing left in the tank, even non -fighters will challenge him. Lets hope and pray McQuinn plays every night and stays healthy. He is a legit heavyweight who nobody wants to fight. He commands respect and will keep opponents honest, especially those who try to rough up our younger finesse players.

    • Oct 24, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      While I don’t personally believe that even proficient enforcers actually do anything to deter the Tom Wilsons of the world from Tom Wilsoning someone, and I personally would not have either McLeod or McQuaid on the roster, McQuaid did kick McLeod’s ass twice in one game last year. So, that pretty much sums up which one is more proficient at the role.

    • Oct 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      I understand the attraction of McQuaid Bobby. He does two things well: Fights and clears the crease (so long as he is in proper position.) But, he is not a very good hockey player, and he is past his prime, so it bugs me that he takes up a spot that could go to DeAngelo or Claesson or someone else. I wish they could get a legitimate heavyweight that can actually play the game! I guess that ain’t easy to do.

      • Oct 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm

        Yeah, Josh Manson’s don’t exactly grow on trees, unfortunately. That’s really the type of defender this team needs to put next to Skjei, and I think that would then be an actually legit first pair. Skjei and Manson would compliment each other so ridiculously well. It would reverberate down the pairings too, allowing Smith to go with Shatty, and Claeson with DeAngelo/Pionk rounding it out. Give Staal 2 of every 5 games in lieu of Claeson, matchup-based.

        Sigh. We can dream, I suppose.

        • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:06 am

          Ryan Lindgren might be our Josh Manson

          • Oct 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

            Ryan LIndgren is 5′ 11″ 200 lbs. and his top ceiling is 3rd pair; unclear if he will make the NHL. Josh Manson is 6′ 3″, almost 220 lbs and a solid top 4 dman. They have virtually nothing in common other than Lindgren does play a physical game.

          • Oct 25, 2018 at 12:41 pm

            When we got Lingren, I called his ceiling “Manson Lite” myself. So, I certainty can see some of the similarities, but I don’t believe he will get to that same level of physical dominance. As Orland notes, Manson naturally is menacing due to his size and reach. He’s a rare breed of a defender that big who also moves like he is much lighter, and he’s smart on the ice as well. I think he’s quietly one of the best two way defenders in the league right now.

            • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm

              Well that seals it then. We have to give Dr. Frankenstein a call and have him create the perfect defenseman. Better specify that we don’t want one with a brain from someone named “Abbey something”.

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