The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that they have signed forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brodie Dupont to PTOs. Both forwards were invited to camp as non-roster invitees, and outplayed some of the higher touted Ranger prospects. Both earned their PTOs, and will be with the team for a while longer.
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In a minor move that came in the wake of the Brad Richards deal, the Rangers traded restricted free agent forward Brodie Dupont to the Nashville Predators in exchange for RW Andreas Thurreson, also a restricted free agent. Thurreson, 23, is 6’1″ 211 lb, and played more of a third line role for the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville’s AHL farm team). He has averaged about 30 points per season and 30 PIMs during his five year stint in the AHL. In 25 NHL games spread out over the previous two seasons, Thurreson has a goal, two assists, 6 PIMs, and a -6 rating.
As for Dupont, it looked like the writing was on the wall for him. With the recent signings of Ryan Bourque, Carl Hagelin, Dale Weise, John Mitchell, Chad Kolarik, and Jason Wilson; Dupont was on the outside looking in, even for a spot as a top-nine forward in CT. Some will say that Dupont should have been with the club, but if that were true, wouldn’t he have played more than one game with the Rangers over the past four years with the organization?
According to Andrew Gross, the Rangers are going to use the NHL All-Star break as a chance to allow many of the recent recalled players to go back to the Connecticut Whale and continue playing. Here is what he had to say during his recap of last night’s loss:
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forwards Evgeny Grachev, Brodie Dupont, Chad Kolarik and Kris Newbury will be rejoining Connecticut tomorrow. Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are expected back for the Rangers home game against the Penguins Tuesday but there will likely be some forwards brought back to the NHL club.
This move is the right one for the present and future of all the individual players and the organization. Players like Del Zotto and Grachev are at a stage where they need to play as many games and minutes as possible. Both of these players looked better than they did the last time they were up with the Rangers, but there is still significant work ahead for them to be here regularly. Del Zotto is certainly closer than Grachev to reaching that marker, but the defense also has significantly less injuries at the moment and all six that are here have clearly outperformed him.
Along with the moves to send these five back to the AHL, the New York Rangers also activated Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal from IR. The news on Callahan is that he is expected to be back for the game against the Penguins, which will be a huge lift to the club. Dan Girardi is also expected to be back after missing the last two games with a rib injury.
The news on Propsal is less clear as it has seemed to be all season. The reason for the activation seems to be the Rangers needing a 20th player on the active roster in order to send all five players back to Connecticut and not because he is that close to returning. The news on Prospal is encouraging, but do not expect him to be in the lineup on Tuesday as many originally surmised from the news he was being activated.
As Gross said, some of these players will likely be back before the team plays its next game on Tuesday against the Penguins, but do not expect them all to return. If Callahan is the only Rangers forward to return to the lineup after this break than I would expect Newbury to definitely return with the other spot likely going to Kolarik. I do not see the need to carry an extra young player as a scratch consistently when they can play in the AHL and continue their development.
Any players that are going to be recalled will likely happen either on Sunday or Monday.
This morning Chris took a look what to do with Mats Zuccarello once the injuries end and those players return.
I took a slightly different approach than Chris did in looking at the roster announcements made and how the fact that Zuccarello not being among them said, even if unofficially, Zuke was here to stay.
Last night, MSG announced during the Rangers 7-0 drubbing of the Leafs that Chad Kolarik had been called up to replace the injured Brandon Dubinsky. Kolarik has 13 goals and 23 points in 26 games since being acquired for Dane Byers earlier in the season. Kolarik, 24, was a 7th round pick in 2004, and has played in just two NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.
During last night’s game, Ruslan Fedotenko took a hit from Mike Komisarek and suffered a sprained shoulder. He will be out 2-4 weeks. The Rangers recalled Brodie Dupont to replace Fedotenko. Dupont, 23, was a 3rd round pick by the Rangers in 2005, and has been in the Rangers system for the past three seasons. This year, DUpont has eight goals, 20 points, and 54 PIMs in 40 games. Dupont generally averages 40 points per season with 100+ PIMs.
Kolarik has an offensive touch to his game, which will be needed with Dubinsky, the Rangers leading scorer, out for a while. Dupont fits more of the bottom-six forward mold, with added toughness. With Dale Weise, Kris Newbury, and Mats Zuccarello-Aasen already on the roster, the Rangers now have five forwards who started the season in Hartford on the roster. All those years of minimal injuries have caught up with the Rangers. Consider this to be regression to the injury mean.