Staal, Dubinsky and Lessard gone


More on this later, but here’s the release from the Rangers:

New York, September 30, 2006 — New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has reassigned three players from training camp. Defenseman Marc Staal was reassigned to the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), while forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Francis Lessard were reassigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Rangers now have 27 players remaining in training camp, including three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 15 forwards. New York returns to action today at 4:00 p.m., as the club closes out the pre-season vs. the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.

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  1. I predict a public outcry that Dubinsky has not made the team. I also predict that the bar has been raised higher for some ‘other’ young players.

  2. Staal leaving wasn’t a surprise, he’s still too young. Dubinsky deserves a shot, and will get one when someone inevitably goes down with an injury. I think Rangers fans will be happy seeing Immonen on a regular basis, he’s a solid player. From what I’ve seen/read, Dawes should be starting ahead of Hossa, and Orr will be pushing Hollweg, and possibly even J. Ward and Hall for playing time, because he’s looked great in preseason so far. Why not put Dawes on a line with Immonen and bring back the chemistry they had in Hartford for most of last season? What do you think Sam??

  3. the PP looked good today, FINALLY. Jagr and Shanny are getting some cohesion.

    Kasparaitis looks awful. He should be sitting in the stands if justice prevails. Baranka has far outplayed Krapper in the pre-season.

    Immonen did not look good today. The 3rd Boston goal was all his fault as he let Savard come out of the corner with the puck and right to the front of the net while he reached and lost his man.

    Hall is a good addition as he did a nice job of PK today.

    King Henrik is ready.

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