Because, I guess, he was taking up too much ice time from the productive Erik Christensen and Todd White.
Seriously, it’s probably best that he goes down and plays a lot of pro minutes instead of rotting on a vine with Boogaard.
Here’s the announcement:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
New York, November 8, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Evgeny Grachev has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Grachev, 20, skated in six consecutive games following his recall on October 28. He was credited with four hits while making his NHL debut on October 29 vs. Carolina, and logged a season-high, 10:13 of ice time in Friday’s 3-0 win at New Jersey.
Last season, the 6-4, 224-pounder led all Hartford rookies in assists (16), points (28) and power play goals (four), and tied for first on the Wolf Pack in goals (12). Grachev also tied for sixth on the team in goals, eighth in points and ninth in assists. He registered five multi-point efforts, including three multi-goal performances, and recorded a season-high, four-game scoring streak from October 9 at Providence to October 16 at Portland (one goal and three assists). Grachev notched his first professional point with a power play goal on October 9 at Providence, and made his professional debut on October 3 at Binghamton.
The Khabarovsk, Russia native was originally the Rangers’ third round choice, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers will continue their longest homestand of the season, tomorrow, November 9, when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.). The contest is the second game of the four-game homestand for the Blueshirts, who will host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, November 11, before closing out the homestand against the Edmonton Oilers in a matinee match-up on Sunday, November 14.