The Rangers have sent defenseman Brendan Bell back to the CT Whale after a brief call up for the Western Canada run. Bell played in one game, and made one egregious mistake where he pinched too early, which led to an Edmonton goal. In his one game, he finished with no points and a -1 rating, coming from that error in judgement. The move, although unsurprising, might signal that Mike Sauer, out for about a month (including preseason) with a shoulder injury, might be ready to return to the lineup.
The press release is after the jump:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
Brendan Bell Assigned to Connecticut
New York, October 25, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bell, 28, registered two shots on goal in 11:26 of ice time while making his Rangers debut on Saturday at Edmonton. He returns to Connecticut where he has registered one assist and 12 penalty minutes in two games this season.
The Ottawa, Ontario native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 9, 2011. He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 65th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, October 26, is 11:00 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.