Per Jim Cerny, the Rangers have returned winger Jesper Fast to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. Fast has been with the Rangers since camp broke, and has skated in eight games so far this season without registering a point. I noted this afternoon that Fast was used primarily as a defensive player, but still managed to drive puck possession. With his demotion, it is all but a guarantee that Carl Hagelin will return tomorrow.
Category: Call Ups/Demotions
The Hartford Wolfpack added a pair of defensemen today, recalling Brendon Nash from the ECHL and signing Sam Klassen to a PTO. Nash was originally sent to the ECHL three days ago when the Pack recalled Michael St. Croix.
Klassen, originally an undrafted UFA signed by the Rangers in 2009, has played 114 games for the Whale/Wolfpack over three years. The 6’2, 200-lb defenseman signed an ECHL deal with the Greenville Road Warriors (New York’s ECHL affiliate) this month.
Per Katie Strang, the Rangers have recalled goalie Jason Missiaen from the Hartford Wolfpack. Missiaen will be the backup to Cam Talbot, who is getting the start in net in Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist is out tonight, dealing with a “minor” issue.
The Hartford Wolfpack announced today that forward Michael St. Croix has been promoted to the AHL from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. St. Croix was initially cut by the Wolfpack during AHL training camp earlier this month. In one game with Greenville, St. Croix notched a goal and an assist.
To make room for St. Croix, the Pack demoted
forward defenseman Brendon Nash to the ECHL.
Chris Kreider returns to the Rangers at a very interesting time. Our new “offensive system” has generated 1.57 goals per game. Three of our top players are injured. And when Taylor “Life Of” Pyatt is 2nd among forwards in ice time, as he was last night, you can understand some of the negative sentiment percolating this fan base. Although it’s only been 7 games, something has to give.
Enter Kreider, who scored 5 goals and 7 points in 18 games upon joining the league during the 2012 playoffs, but has since scored 5 points in 31 regular season games while being shuffled back and forth between the AHL and the Show. And while it’s certainly debatable Rangers brass has mismanaged the kid a little bit, that can certainly become the prologue in this story if he finally sticks in the top 6 of this lineup.
Update 6:15pm: Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers have recalled forwards Brandon Mashinter and Chris Kreider.
Original Post: The Rangers have returned forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen to the Hartford Wolfpack. Missaen served as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup in last night’s loss to New Jersey, and Powe was a -2 in 8:30 of ice time.
Cam Talbot has been recalled to serve as Hank’s backup for the time being.
The injury bug continues to haunt the Rangers, as the club has announced that Ryan Callahan is out 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb. This is certainly terrible news for a team that appeared to be finding its groove under AV. It is assumed Cally will be placed on LTIR. Darroll Powe has been recalled from Hartford to take Cally’s spot on the roster.
Goaltender Jason Missiaen has also been recalled, and Cam Talbot has been returned to the AHL. The goaltender swap is likely to get Talbot some AHL work, as Hartford has games coming up.
As for Powe, it’s interesting that he was recalled, and it does speak to his play and the play of others in Hartford. Powe will likely slide into a fourth line role, which means J.T. Miller should get top-nine minutes.
In response to Cam Talbot being recalled to the Rangers and Martin Biron deciding his future since demotion, the Hartford Wolfpack have promoted goalie Jeff Malcolm from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Malcolm was part of the first round of cuts from Rangers camp in September, and then was cut from Hartford two weeks later.
The ECHL has not started their season yet, so there are no stats for Malcolm.
In the worst kept secret of the 2013-2014 season so far, the Rangers have officially called up goalie Cam Talbot and forward J.T. Miller (per the AHL Transaction Log). This was originally revealed by Melissa of Black & Blueshirts, as she attended a Hartford Wolfpack meet and greet in which only Talbot and Miller were absent.
The moves were expected, although some may find it interesting that the Rangers only called up one forward.
It looks like they will roll 11 forwards and 7 defensemen for the time being. (I don’t know how to count).
A pair of roster spots opened when the Rangers waived Martin Biron and Arron Asham yesterday.
As expected, the Rangers made a roster move to make room in the lineup for the returning Ryan Callahan. However, it was not Jesper Fast being returned to Hartford. It was 2011 first round pick J.T. Miller who was sent down. People are pointing to the cap as the reason why Miller was sent down, but the difference is marginal (about $100k, not including performance bonuses, which would affect next year’s cap).
My guess is that the Rangers wanted to keep someone who is more defensively responsible, and that would be Fast. That isn’t to say Miller is a slouch in his own end, it’s just that Fast is much more seasoned in defensive zone play. After all, the SHL is a very defensive and two-way league.