Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Kevin Klein, a 29-year-old right-handed defenseman, has a line of 1-2-3 in 47 games with the Preds. His peripherals aren’t spectacular (44% Corsi, -4.4% relative Corsi, 46.7% O/D St%, 28.0% ToTm%QoC) either.
Comparatively, MDZ had 2-9-11 in 42 games with better puck possession and much higher offensive zone starts (51.1% Corsi, -1.6% relative, 60.3% O/D St%, 27.8% ToTm%QoC). Klein is signed for four more years beyond this one at $2.9 milllion, while Del Zotto was set to be an RFA after the season ends.
Honestly, MDZ didn’t really get a fair shake in New York after his rough sophomore season and really needed a change of scenery. That said, the trade gives the Rangers a much-needed right handed shot on the third pairing to go with John Moore. MDZ was certainly a frustrating player to watch, and Klein will be a reliable –but unspectacular– third pairing guy.
According to Nashville bloggers section303.com, Klein was a huge part of the defense corps in Nashville and will be missed.
Suit’s Scouting Report on Klein:
I think Klein is a solid pickup. He kills penalties, blocks a lot of shots, and he isn’t afraid to mix it up. I think he brings some sorely needed grit to the bottom four pairings, and you all know what I thought about needing another right-handed shot.
Could Sather have gotten more for MDZ than a gritty stay-at-home guy? Maybe in another season, but his value has plummeted and ultimately we’re filling a big need. Think of this as an overdue replacement for Sauer and your expectations won’t be disappointed. Hopefully he’ll fit the system.
Per friend of the blog Sean Hartnett (good follow for you on Twitter), the Rangers have returned forward J.T. Miller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Miller returning to the AHL is a product of the recently acquired Dan Carcillo’s strong play as a replacement for the injured Derek Dorsett.
Miller played very well in his recent call up, playing in nine games, registering a goal and an assist, and being more engaged in the play while improving on his three-zone game. Miller is best served getting big minutes in the AHL so that he can be a big contributor when he sticks full-time.
Per Larry Brooks, the NHL Department of Player Safety will not pursue supplementary discipline on winger Chris Kreider for his hit on Fedor Tyutin last night. As noted in the goal breakdown, Kreider definitely slowed before hitting Tyutin, did not hit him in the numbers, and appeared to push him more than anything. The hit was in that danger area, but it’s more a testament to Kreider’s strength than it is a dirty hit.
Also Tyutin wasn’t seriously injured on the play, which plays a role in these things.
Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have officially placed goalie Martin Biron on unconditional waivers. This is just a paperwork move to terminate the contract and open up a spot on the 50-man reserve list. Biron will go unclaimed.
The Rangers have sent defenseman Connor Allen to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. Allen played three games in his first NHL cuppa, being held off the scoreboard with a -1 rating. Allen played his three games with a 49.1% CF% (+1.4% relative) while starting 54% of his shifts in the offensive zone. Clearly this is a small sample size.
Allen played very well, and this is not the end of his career as a Ranger, although many will believe his demotion is the end of the world. Unless he was perfect, he was always destined to be sent back down. It was good seeing what the kid has. He will work on his game and either be called up again soon, or compete for a roster spot next season.
Sorry for the delay on this one, since this happened on a Saturday night we weren’t around to post this right away. The Rangers have acquired forward Dan Carcillo from the LA Kings in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick. The trade for Carcillo addresses New York’s need for toughness, and even more so since the injury to Derek Dorsett. This is a low risk move, as Carcillo is a UFA after this season making $825,000. The move may be low risk, but I wonder why it was necessary with Arron Asham, who –for all intents and purposes– is the same player as Carcillo, is in Hartford.
Scheduling note: The goal breakdown from last night’s 7-1 win will be up in the afternoon.
Sorry for missing this yesterday, but in preparations for the storm I missed this signing. The Rangers signed 2013 3rd round pick –and big time talent– Anthony Duclair to an entry level deal yesterday. Duclair is the first Rangers draft pick from 2013 to sign a deal, although that comes as no surprise. Duclair was a huge talent headed into the draft, but questions about work ethic and declining production caused a slide to the third round. This year Duclair has been on fire, with a line of 31-26-57 in just 37 games.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed at the moment (first year of the deal is likely 2014-2015), but the 18-year-old will not count towards the 50 contract limit until he hits the AHL (minimum age: 20 years old).
The Taylor Pyatt era in New York has come to an end. The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed the winger off waivers, absolving the Rangers of his $1.55 million cap hit and clearing a spot on the 50 man reserve list. Over his 70 games for the Rangers, Pyatt was a pretty big disappointment, putting together a line of 6-6-12 over the season and a half.
Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed forward Taylor Pyatt on waivers. Pyatt has been a big disappointment this season and hasn’t played a game since the December 12 loss to Columbus. Pyatt has just one assist in his 22 games this season, while being a negative Corsi player (42.7% Corsi) with 34.5% offensive zone starts. As Kevin said this morning, it appears that Pyatt’s speed has cost him a lot. His effort is not being questioned, but his execution has been lacking all year. The move likely signals that Ryan Callahan is good to go for Friday’s game in Pittsburgh. With Cally activated off IR, the Rangers needed to clear a roster spot.
If Pyatt clears waivers –and is assigned to the AHL– the Rangers will clear $925,000 of his $1.55 million salary. If he is claimed, then the entire $1.55 million will be off the books.
The Rangers have recalled defenseman Connor Allen in response to the injury to Anton Stralman last night. Allen, who had a very strong preseason, has a line of 5-8-13 in 29 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season. The loss of Stralman is a tough on the Rangers, who are short on right handed shots from the blue line.
The club is saying that the injury to Stralman is not serious, but the immediate recall of Allen signals that Stralman will likely be out for at least a game, possibly more. This recall probably kills two birds with one stone: Allen will serve as an injury replacement for a few games, and the Rangers will see what they have in the undrafted free agent that impressed in September.
For those wondering why Dylan McIlrath was not recalled, he reinjured his knee last week.