Del Zotto, Grachev, Newbury recalled


No real surprises there.

Still awaiting the official announcement from the Rangers. But they will need bodies from among the five they sent to Connecticut before the break, so it’s not shocking that it’s these three. Don’t know yet if Del Zotto is in the lineup Tuesday if Dan Girardi is ready to go.

But Newbury is back because of toughness and faceoffs, and of course Ryan Callahan expects to return Tuesday against the Penguins. With Kolarik and Dupont gone, the Rangers will be at the minimum of 12 forwards, with Grachev and Newbury.

The Rangers reconvene with an afternoon practice tomorrow. If all goes well, I hope to be on the scene.


MIDNIGHT UPDATE: Here’s the official announcement from the Rangers:


New York, January 30, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Michael Del Zotto, and forwards Kris Newbury and Evgeny Grachev have been recalled from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Del Zotto, 20, has registered seven assists in 10 games with Connecticut this season.  He is tied for second among Whale defensemen in assists and third in points.  Del Zotto recorded a four-game assist streak from January 15 vs. Providence to January 22 at Springfield, tallying five assists over the span.  He recorded two assists vs. Hamilton on January 21, and registered one assist and a plus-four rating vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on January 16.  He recorded an assist in his AHL debut on January 5 at Worcester.  Del Zotto returns to the Rangers where he has registered two goals and seven assists, along with 14 penalty minutes in 37 games this season.  Five of his nine points were recorded on the power play, and he ranks fourth on the team with 60 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.

Newbury, 28, tallied a power play assist in yesterday’s 3-2 loss vs. Portland, and has registered five goals and 31 assists for 36 points, along with 91 penalty minutes in 43 games with Connecticut this season.  He is tied for sixth in the AHL in assists.  He also leads the team in assists, ranks second in points and fourth in penalty minutes.  Newbury has registered a team-high, 10 multi-point performances this season, including two separate streaks of three games with multiple points – November 13 vs. Springfield to November 19 at Springfield (six assists), and December 3 at Providence to December 11 vs. Manchester (one goal, six assists).  The 5-11, 213-pounder established a career-high with an eight-game assist streak from November 28 vs. Adirondack to December 17 vs. Worcester, recording three goals and 12 assists over the span.  Newbury returns to the Rangers where he has registered one assist and 33 penalty minutes in seven games this season.  He made his Rangers debut at Montreal on January 15, and recorded his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win at Atlanta on January 22.

The Brampton, Ontario native was originally San Jose’s fifth round pick, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for forward Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010.

Grachev, 20, registered one goal in a 4-2 loss vs. Manchester on Friday, marking his fourth consecutive AHL game with a goal (seven goals) and fifth straight game with a point (seven goals, one assist) dating back to January 15 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  He has registered 13 goals and six assists for 19 points, along with 12 penalty minutes and  a plus-eight rating in 42 games with Connecticut this season.  He is tied for second on the team in goals, while his plus-eight rating leads all team forwards and ranks second on the Whale.  He is also tied for fifth on the team with three power play goals.  Grachev registered his first professional hat trick in a 5-1 win at Springfield on January 22.  He returns to the Rangers where he has skated in eight games 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.

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  1. MickeyM needs a new phone on

    Afternoon practice to better recover from a weekend bender for most of the boys.

    I jest, I jest :)

  2. continuing with the Iginla talk from last post…
    just like Richards i can’t see Iginla
    coming here
    due to what the flames are doing right now.
    same with dallas.

    dallas is making a run this year due to doing well
    so they added langenbruner
    and will probably a buyer rather than a seller

    for whatever reason calgary has turned things around since getting rid
    of gm sutter. i don’t follow ’em close enough to know how much of a contribution
    iginla has done during the run but i imagine it’s more than earlier in the season.
    so, with the team possibly making it to the playoffs i doubt they’ll get rid of a
    major piece of the team unless they get a WOW!!! offer and even then
    they might wait until summer because losing him may cause more disruption
    than help

  3. repost:

    OK, fun and games are over.

    A well deserved break for the boys, no doubt.

    As much as they needed to relax mentally and physically for a few days it’s time to get back to business.

    Slowly but steadily the Rangers have established something here. A work ethic. A level of commitment. An identity. A belief system. An Esprit de corps.

    As Carp has stated, the numbers may not tell the same story your eyes are seeing. That is very true, to me that is a testament to the talent level in this league. The effort can be significant relative to the gains and by the same token the littlest detail can be significant. To me the biggest difference, and I love this phrase, is the “emotional investment” the players have made.
    I think it’s the bread and butter of any winning team, especially in hockey.

    Looking forward, the injection of energy provided by Cally, then Dubi etc. couldn’t come at a better time to get this ball rolling again. They’ve worked hard to get where they are but can’t afford to ease their way into the second half.

    They open with 4 games in 7 days (a game every other day). It won’t allow for much practice.

    Devils – playing much better winning 6 of their last 8 games
    Canadians – won the last 4 heads up against the Rangers
    Red Wings – 2nd best record in the West

    I know they’ll come out banging. I love this team.
    Remember: F5, F5, F5

  4. If all goes well, I hope to be on the scene.

    oh carp, I hope so too!

    Rod, are you ORR???? Cool Ranch dude…

  5. interesting to see if Grachev actually plays. Must be just insurance in case Callahan can’t go b/c Rangers top 3 lines are set once Callahan returns and Newbury is the much more logical choice for the 4th line.

  6. actually i’ll just correct myself since they need to play both Grachev and Newbury but I would definately move Grachev to the top line with Gaborik and send Avery down to the 4th line.

  7. Carp turned into a reporter?

    He’s been one since you were knee-high to a grasshopper.


    I am not Orr.

  8. If you read the remarks of Calgary’s GM, he sounds very much like a man carefully trying to walk through the minefield.

    He also publicly said he was listening.

    Not exactly a Shermanesque statement.

  9. thanks for the updates Carp
    hello to Mama

    what gm isn’t listening to what other gm’s are saying?
    i imagine sather has received calls about some are favorites
    during this season and just like the flames gm
    he tells the person on the other end of the line
    “sounds interesting. thanks but no thanks”
    jumps at some boffo offer

  10. Feaster said more than that, words to the effect of, “I’ll keep it in mind.”

    Story’s in the last thread.

    But an immovable franchise player, say Sidney Crosby, the GM makes a blanket statement.

  11. wow! check out the Stiletto ad at right!!!! vavavavoooom! Audrey Butoni…that beats the heck out those pocket pizzas u guys love! bwwwahahah!

  12. Boyle has to be the biggest surprise in the NHL this season. That kid’s trainer/skate instructor needs a raise (some female whose name I forgot)

  13. “Audrey Butoni…that beats the heck out those pocket pizzas u guys love! bwwwahahah!”


  14. Jonathan, Brian Boyle has become one of my favorite players but you need to look at his body of work to this point

  15. I forced myself to sit thru Bettmans long stupefying
    speech on the state of the league etc., etc.

    One thing that curdled my sox were his delighted comments about how well Versus and NBC are doing with their airings.

    Apparently the poor simp didn’t pay close attention to the camera work ( the bane of Versus existence), wherein the Cman, shot from a stationary position during the skills and the viewer got to see the shooter shooting…but not what at. And in the same vein, many times trying to get both skaters simultaneously into the view but without moving his camera back long enough range to fit them in. ( Where did they GET these guys?)

    But in fact I expected nothing better, based on the fact that they still don’t know how to TV a game.

  16. what, no PA Kolarik with the call ups? whatever shall the Rangers do without this super star?

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