We knew something was coming regarding the Rangers defense, and sure enough, Darius Kasparaitis has been sent down to Hartford for a 10-day conditioning assignment.
Bear in mind a conditioning assignment means Kasparaitis doesn’t have to go through waivers, so I’m not sure where that leaves the team in terms of bringing someone in to take his spot. Still, given what Kasparaitis has meant to this team as recently as last season, it’s significant nonetheless.
UPDATE: A couple of things from the Rangers to round this out: One, Kasparaitis still counts among the Rangers’ 23 players on the roster, so they can’t bring anyone in to replace him (unless they re-designate him), and his $2.98 million still counts toward the salary cap.
Furthermore, odds are he will play tomorrow for a home game against Portland.