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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Asham and Darroll Powe’s time as New York Rangers’ may be over. Both bottom six forwards have been placed on regular waivers (not buyout waivers) and could be snapped up by other clubs or sent down to the AHL, eventually. These moves may be to clear cap space as the Rangers look to enter free agency with more cap room but regardless, both almost certainly signal that Alain Vigneault doesn’t plan with either player.
While Arron Asham was at times under utilized by John Tortorella and suffered injuries that hindered his time as a Ranger, Powe was a particular disappointment. Powe failed to provide any offense whatsoever and couldn’t help solidify a so-so penalty kill. Neither player has made an impact as a Ranger and wouldn’t be missed.
The Carolina Hurricanes have placed center Jussi Jokinen on waivers, which prompted a lot of discussion about the Rangers claiming him. Jokinen is having a down year, but he is still a good face off guy and one of Carolina’s top puck possession forwards (1.11 CorsiRelQoc, 3rd among ‘Canes forwards). Jokinen is shooting well below his career average (9%, average of 13%), which would affect his point totals. Also, his quality of teammates have taken a big hit over the past few years.
Two things might stop the Rangers from claiming him: His contract ($3 million through next season), and that he would be contract number 50 for this year. Fifty contracts is the max, and leaves the Rangers with minimal flexibility. His contract is a big dent in a year where the cap goes down. The Rangers would need to move a body this year and another body in the offseason to fit him in.
As expected, Stu Bickel cleared waivers and will be sent to the Connecticut Whale in the AHL for tonight’s game. Bickel was not happy with the way he was treated, as Andrew Gross has some interesting quotes:
“It is what it is,” Bickel said. “It’s been tough for me to get an opportunity to play any minutes on the backend to develop some confidence.”
“I came up last year and I performed and was able to play some minutes and play well,” Bickel said. “I did everything I could with the opportunity. Getting less minutes, it’s more difficult to do what I want with it. (Now), it’s wait and see.”
It’s unfortunate that Bickel did not see much ice time, but when he did, he wasn’t too effective. Hopefully he can rebuild that confidence in Connecticut and make an impact.