from the Rangers:
RANGERS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY FOUR
25 active players remain with the club
New York, October 3, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko have been assigned to Hartford (AHL). In addition, forwards Dale Weise and Mats Zuccarello, who were recalled from Hartford yesterday, have been reassigned to the Wolf Pack.
The Rangers now have 25 players remaining in training camp, including two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 16 forwards. The Blueshirts practice schedule for tomorrow, October 4, is 9:00 a.m. at the MSG Training Center.
New York will begin their 2010-2011 regular season schedule vs. the Buffalo Sabres, on Saturday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.), at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, marking the third consecutive season the Blueshirts will open the season on the road.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO HARTFORD (AHL) ON 10/3/10:
Defense (2): Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko
Forward (2): Dale Weise, Mats Zuccarello
PLAYERS STILL IN NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP:
Goal (2): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Defense (7): Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy, Dan Girardi, Michal Rozsival, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal
Forward (16): Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Derek Boogaard, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Chris Drury, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, Marian Gaborik, Tim Kennedy, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Prust, Derek Stepan, Todd White.
With this move, the Rangers are actually at the maximum already, assuming Prospal and Drury start the season on IR. So they don’t have to make another cut, other than to fit in Fedotenko under the cap if/when they sign him.
But the possibility, maybe even probability, of another acquisition via trade or waiver pickup remains. It would then still be simple to get the roster down by demoting White or Kennedy, or IR’ing Rozsival or sending Sauer or Eminger to Hartford.
IMO, don’t read anything into the McDonagh cut other than they probably feel he’d benefit from getting a lot of minutes in Hartford and coming up later in the season. I believe they’re still very high on him.
Also IMO, I haven’t seen anything special in White, and I’m luke-warm on Kennedy and Eminger. I think Sauer deserves to stay, but that the main reason he stayed is that he’d have to go through waivers. And I’m not sure he’d be claimed, but as the saying goes, it only takes one team (and the Islanders sure need D-men).
And I still wonder if they’re going to make the typical Rangers move (aka blunder) and claim Souray, who is obviously a shell of his former self and, while he brings a physical presence and a big shot, will be another pylon the Eastern forwards can use as they slalom through the Rangers.