The Hartford Wolf Pack have signed former Pack and Rangers center Artem Anisimov to a PTO. The Pack have been struggling to score lately without Jonny Brodzinski and now Riley Nash, plus all the recalls the Rangers have made. Anisimov will hopefully help the Pack with some of their scoring woes.
But of course, we must ask…What year is it?
Anisimov played in the AHL last year with Lehigh Valley, putting up 19 goals and 36 points in 55 games. He would certainly fit the scoring need.
The now 35-year-old was drafted by the Rangers in the 2nd round in 2006. He played four seasons with the Rangers, topping out in 2010-2011 with a 28-26-44 line for the notoriously offensively challenged Rangers back then. In the 2012 offseason, he was traded with Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a 1st round pick for Rick Nash and a pick that would become Pavel Buchnevich.
In a fun dive down that trade tree, Buchnevich was traded for Sammy Blais and a 2nd round pick, which was used in the Andrew Copp trade. This is not the same trade tree that sent Nash to Boston, which eventually netted the Rangers K’Andre Miller (via 2018 draft trades), Ryan Lindgren, and Ryan Strome (via Ryan Spooner).
That has nothing to do with Anisimov, of course. But it’s a fun trip down memory lane.