Official word on Woywitka; Bickel sent to CT

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From the NYR:

RANGERS CLAIM DEFENSEMAN JEFF WOYWITKA
Defenseman Stu Bickel Assigned to Connecticut

New York, October 6, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has claimed defenseman Jeff Woywitka off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.  In addition, defenseman Stu Bickel has been assigned to Connecticut of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Woywitka, 28, is a former first round draft pick, selected 27th overall by Philadelphia in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.  Last season, he registered two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 63 games with the Dallas Stars.  Woywitka tallied two multi-point performances, the first two of his career, on March 9 vs. Calgary (two assists) and April 3 at Anaheim (one goal, one assist).  He also recorded three assists in a five-game span from November 24 at Ottawa to December 2 vs. Washington.

The 6-3, 227-pounder has skated in 251 career regular season games over six seasons with the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, registering eight goals and 41 assists for 49 points, along with 141 penalty minutes.  Woywitka established career-highs in games played (65), goals (three), assists (15), points (18), game-winning goals (one), penalty minutes (57), shots on goal (71) and plus/minus rating (plus-eight) during the 2008-09 season as a member of the Blues.  The Vermilion, Alberta native made his NHL debut on October 6, 2005 vs. Detroit, and registered his first career NHL point with an assist on March 23, 2006 vs. Calgary.

The Rangers will begin their 2011-12 regular season schedule tomorrow, October 7 vs. the Los Angeles Kings at Stockholm, Sweden (1:00 p.m. ET), as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere.

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  1. who indeed?

    Atta boy, Tony.

    Re-post:

    double, this diwector is weally starting to wub me the wong way.

    bull dog, that depends on how they want to roll the dice. because there is the great uncertainty with Staal … he might not come back for months. or it could be weeks. or days. if you want a good d-man, you will have to give up a lot. so do you wait and see? I don’t know.

  2. The Rangers team bus just drove past me. Too dark to see if anyone was on it, but you could just make out Avery being thrown under it.

  3. Isn’t it strange that the players that skate up and down the ice are expected to start all 82 games, but a goalie, who skates very little, has to get his rest and needs to sit out games? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  4. LW! Are you in Stockholm? Mama wants to meet you!!!! Email mama at lbabs@aol.com
    We’re staying at the same hotel as the players and saw all of them getting into the bus earlier.
    Having a great time with a jet laged Mama! ;)

  5. didn’t know if you were still on
    was going to email you about it.
    great to hear
    my wife and i are going to see ’em
    for our anniversary.

  6. yeah,
    i’ll have to send you some from earlier shows.

    if you don’t receive an email in a week
    don’t hesitate to remind me
    (just juggling things so my slack-aasen mind tends to forget)

  7. The time is now to package a few prospects and a # 1 pick. plus MDZ for Shea Weber. Any thoughts ?

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