The Hartford roster is expanding by the day, with the Rangers sending six more players to their AHL affiliate this morning.
The most prominent among them? Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, who was acquired in the Matt Cullen deal with Carolina, and who now has to clear waivers before heading to Hartford.
The other five: Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Sauer, Miika Wiikman, Mark Smith, and Dane Byers.
On defense, this leaves the competition for the final spot presumably between Marc Staal and Thomas Pock. On merit alone, it’s not an issue: Staal is clearly ready to make the jump to the NHL. But the only complicating factor is the fact that Pock, too, has to clear waivers.