The ECHL cancellations have officially hit the Rangers. The Maine Mariners, the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate, will have their season cancelled this year. The entire North Division of the ECHL will not play.
More on the ECHL situation – Expect the entire North Division to cease operations for the season. That's Adirondack, Brampton, Maine, Newfoundland, Reading and Worcester. Official announcement expected around 2ET.
— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 18, 2020
On the surface, it may not seem like a big impact to the Rangers, but it does have an impact nonetheless. The Rangers do send players to the ECHL. Even if it’s “just the ECHL,” remember that Dan Girardi started in the ECHL.
This limits the options the Rangers have. They will likely be able to loan out their players to other teams. However the plan is still unknown. With multiple teams aside from the Maine Mariners having their season cancelled, multiple teams will be scrambling. On the bright side, with the AHL season not starting until February, the Rangers have some time here.