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.
Per Ryan Rishaug, the Rangers have placed forward Arron Asham and goalie Martin Biron on waivers. Asham, who had a strong camp and preseason, has struggled a bit out of the gate, but then again so has pretty much everyone. Biron was solid in the first period in St. Louis, but let in a pair of softies in the second that eventually saw him yanked from the game.
Waiving Biron creates a need for a backup goaltender, so expect Cam Talbot to be recalled relatively soon. As for Asham,
the Rangers already have 13 forwards on the roster, so a replacement is not needed. (Forgot about Nash’s injury) if Rick Nash is ready to go, then the club does not need to call up another player forward. If he is not, then they will either call up a forward or go with seen defensemen, like they did in St. Louis.
Of course, the Rangers could just see if there are any takers for them to shed some salary. They waived Todd White and Aaron Voros a lot while they were with the club a few years ago, but they were never sent to the AHL.
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.
Per Bob McKenzie, defensman Stu Bickel and forwards Darroll Powe and Brandon Mashinter all cleared waivers yesterday. The trio will be assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. All three were cut yesterday as part of the final round of cuts, but required waivers to be sent to the AHL.
The Rangers announced their final roster cuts this morning, assigning Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Darroll Powe, Brandon Mashinter, Stu Bickel and Conor Allen to the Hartford Wolfpack. Powe, Mashinter and Bickel must all clear waivers.
The following players made the opening night roster:
Forwards: Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Marty Biron
As expected, Danny Syvret, Aaron Johnson, Micheal Haley and Cam Talbot were placed on waivers this afternoon. All four were cut yesterday, but due to service time, they need to pass through waivers before being assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.
If they go unclaimed by noon tomorrow, they will be assigned to the Wolfpack.
According to Elliotte Friedman, Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal. The value is estimated in the $6.5 million range, but is yet unconfirmed. Looks like Sather got his bridge deal, after all. Welcome back Step, now get to work.
The Pack added another depth forward today, signing Andrew Rowe to an AHL contract. Rowe went undrafted out of Michigan State, and landed with the Flyers organization (Philadelphia Phantoms) in 2010. Rowe bounced around the AHL and ECHL for two years while with the Flyers organization, with the ECHL time spent with the Greenville Road Warriors (Rangers ECHL affiliate). Rowe has 94 AHL games (15-9-24) and 78 ECHL games (35-45-80) under his belt.
Rowe will be a depth player for the Wolfpack. Since this is an AHL deal, he does not count towards the 50-contract limit for the Rangers.
The Wolfpack continue to add defensive depth, this time inking three-year pro Brendon Nash to an AHL deal. Nash has appeared in 128 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal’s system) and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers system), putting up a line of 11-38-49. Nash has also appeared in a pair of NHL games with the Canadiens without registering a point. The 6’3, 206 lb defenseman (left-handed shot, 26 years old) was a graduate of Cornell before joining the Canadiens farm system in 2010.
Since this is an AHL deal, Nash does not count against the 50 contract limit and cannot be called up to the Rangers. Expect Nash to compete for a top-six role in Hartford.