Del Zotto and Grachev are up, Weise is down


Here’s the official announcement from the Rangers:


New York, January 22, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Evgeny Grachev have been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), while forward Dale Weise has been assigned to Connecticut.

Del Zotto, 20, tallied one assist in a 5-1 win at Springfield earlier tonight, extending his assist streak to four games (five assists).  He has registered seven assists in eight games with Connecticut this season, following his assignment on January 3.  Del Zotto is tied for second among Whale defensemen in assists and third in points.  He tallied two assists vs. Hamilton yesterday, and recorded one assist and a plus-four rating vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 16.  Del Zotto has also registered two goals and seven assists, along with 14 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Rangers this season.  Five of his nine points were recorded on the power play, and he was tied for fifth on the team with two power play goals and three power play assists at the time of his assignment.  He also ranked third on the team with 58 blocked shots.  Del Zotto made his 100th career NHL appearance at Colorado on November 19.

The Stouffville, Ontario native was originally the Rangers’ first round selection, 20th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Grachev, 20, registered his first professional hat trick in a 5-1 win at Springfield earlier tonight, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games (six goals) and point streak to four games (six goals, one assist).  He has registered 12 goals and six assists for 18 points, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 40 games with Connecticut this season.  Grachev ranks fourth on the team in goals, while his plus-seven rating ranks second on the Whale.  He is also tied for fifth on the team with three power play goals.  Grachev has skated in six games with the Rangers this season, making his NHL debut vs. Carolina on October 29.

The Khabarovsk, Russia native was originally the Rangers’ third round selection, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Weise, 22, has registered 19 penalty minutes in 10 games over two stints with the Rangers this season.  He made his NHL debut on December 18 at Philadelphia.  Weise returns to Connecticut, where he has registered seven goals and five assists for 12 points, along with 29 penalty minutes in 16 games.  He ranked fourth on the Whale in goals and was tied for third on the team with four power play goals at the time of his recall on December 29, despite missing 18 games due to injury this season.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers’ fourth round selection, 111th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. How about that Italian kid. What a player. 5 shots and +1 tonight in 17:59. What a GWG in the shootout! I hope this guy is a Ranger for a long time.

    Maybe Grachev will take a page out of Zuke’s book and cement his spot in the NHL now. Evgeny has enough talent and skating ability to make a serious dent in this league as a power forward. Like oleo said, he has turned it on of late in Hartford, especially with the hat trick tonight. You never know… Torts is the type of coach a guy like Grachev and all these other call ups need…they all need a good kick in the aasen.

  2. Michael Sauer recorded an assist on Boyle’s game-tying goal and logged a career-high, 26:54 of ice time.

    holy hartnell!

  3. Spectacular shoot out move by the kid. Hope he’s got
    another move in his quiver. You can bet that the photos of this are gonna wind up in every team in the league’s
    viewers, and studied by their coaches. I’ll bet the word is already out…don’t get into shoot outs with Rangers.

    Goal tenders will be especially rapt viewers of this…and plotting on how to nullify it.

  4. I*’m reading some of the prior postings and really, some of you folks are amusing. Why do you have so much difficulty or angst in pronouncing the guy’s names?
    All you have to do is slow it down a bit and just read the name and pronounce it the way it is spelled. I believe it is the NY speed factor. You all apparently lead such sped up lives, go here, grab a peek at something there, hurry hurry hurry, dart here lunge there. but gotta go..and no time for thought at all.

    life is short…believe me. Take some time to notice things, don’t just jump to conclusions with only half the
    info ( I shortened the word information to accomodate y’all;s attentions spans by the way.)

    Kolarik…break it down into syllables. KO (no don,t think Knock Out..that’s the NY assumption factor rearing it’s ugly head),,LAR (LIKE LARD), IK …like some women say when they find something distasteful in their presence. ( Sometimes made into an adjective like ICKY)

    Now put them all together and you’ve DONE IT!
    You have actually pronounced the guy;s name correctly.

    Now go tell the Rangers play by play folks…..they’ll think you are so smart.

  5. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Interesting trade off, new players in the lineup, but lesser experience. New players in the lineup add ENERGY and real purpose to a team’s chemistry. I think it will work out, ok, on balance.

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