Rangers send Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden to AHL in paper move

The Rangers have returned forwards Brett Howden and Julien Gauthier to the AHL for the next five minutes or so, and both will be called up shortly thereafter. This is a paper move, as any player not on the AHL roster as of 3:01pm today would not be eligible for the playoffs. If the Rangers miss the playoffs, both Gauthier and Howden will play for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the playoffs.

Notable players not sent down: Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Lindgren, Filip Chytil, and Igor Shesterkin.

The Rangers will have used two of their four post-trade deadline call ups for these paper transactions.