With Marek Malik banged up from last night and Sean Avery still questionable for tomorrow against the Devils, the Rangers have called up left wing Dane Byers from Hartford.
This is mos likely a precautionary measure. If Malik can’t play tomorrow, the Rangers would need to bump Jason Strudwick back to defense. And without Avery, they would then need someone to take Strudwick’s spot on the fourth line.
In calling up Byers, the Rangers clearly opted against trying to push Thomas Pock through re-entry waivers.
Why no Greg Moore? My guess is because Byers is a left-handed shot. Byers has two goals and an assist in eight games with Hartford.