No, it doesn’t sound that the placement of Dan Fritsche on waivers is going to open the door for any blockbuster deal (not that the Rangers would say anything if it was. And not that saving $362,800 in cap space is going to allow the Rangers to make any blockbuster deals, anyway).
Instead, Tom Renney said it was a case of Fritsche needing to play on a regular basis. As of now, the team can’t assign him to Hartford until he clears waivers at noon, and even then, Renney said Fritsche would skate with the team tomorrow in Pittsburgh. But just like with Patrick Rissmiller, if Fritsche isn’t claimed by another team, he’ll probably end up in Hartford before long.
“Fact of matter is, he hasn’t been playing,” the coach said. “If he has to go down to play, so be it. He’ll practice with us, until somebody tells me he’s going somewhere else.”
As for whether sending Fritsche down would allow the team to bring up a seventh defenseman, Renney said it would be his preference, but that it wasn’t up to him.
“Yeah, it would be nice,” Renney said. “At this point in time, I should really just concentrate on coaching the team.”