So it looks as if Marc Staal and Ruslan Fedotenko will both be in the lineup tonight. That likely means a prucha for Steve Eminger.
And Kris Newbury was sent to the Whale.
PS, happy 43rd Mr. Brian Leetch!
Here’s the announcement on Newbury, from the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
New York, March 3, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Newbury, 28, has skated in three of the last four contests following his recall from Connecticut on February 20, and has registered one assist and 35 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Rangers this season. He made his Blueshirts 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. Newbury returns to Connecticut, where he has recorded nine goals and 33 assists for 42 points, along with 105 penalty minutes in 51 games this season. He led the team and was tied for eighth in the AHL in assists, and ranked second on the Whale in points and fourth in penalty minutes at the time of his recall. Newbury has registered a team-high, 11 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.
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.