After first waiving Adam Cracknell and now demoting Tony DeAngelo to Hartford, change has come to the New York Rangers roster.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 24, 2017
The question is, who will be added in their place? Whether that is an imminent trade or recalls from Hartford, we will have to wait and see. DeAngelo had found himself a healthy scratch or as the team’s 7th defender on nights where they carried seven defensemen. He was being used on the powerplay, but seeing very little ice time in the games that he played. While flashes of his abilities were evident, so too were his defensive deficiencies.
Adam Cracknell’s time as a New York Ranger appears to be coming to a rapid close. As Elliotte Friedman broke shortly after noon today, the veteran forward has been placed on waivers.
Cracknell (NYR) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 24, 2017
There will only be one stat in this article. That stat is 2-6-2, the New York Rangers’ record as of their loss last night against the San Jose Sharks. Head Coach Alain Vigneault is no longer on the hot seat, the flames of discontent have left nothing of his chair atop the team but a few smoldering embers. He is standing next to the ruins of the 2017/18 Rangers’ season with no line combination change, player benching or ability to revise the system that will have any effect.
The New York Rangers announced late this afternoon that the team has acquired 24-year old defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for 24-year old Matt Puempel.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 21, 2017
How many starts should Henrik Lundqvist get this year?
For most, the idea is that the nearly 36-year-old shouldn’t be playing more than 60 games. As Larry Brooks noted back when the Rangers chose to sign Ondrej Pavelec, “The Blueshirts ideally would like for Henrik Lundqvist to make no more than 60 starts this season, leaving up to perhaps 25 starts for the backup.”
Let’s overreact for a second. New York Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault has already wrecked the team’s season by stapling young offensive-defenseman—and the only return left on the roster from the disastrous Stepan/Raanta to Arizona trade—Anthony “Call me Tony” DeAngelo to the press box right next to last season’s trade deadline deal revelation Brendan Smith. The coach did this in favor of putting Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer in the lineup. He has elevated Marc Staal to the top pair to replace the overused, now bought out, defenseman Dan Girardi while shifting team captain Ryan McDonagh to his unnatural right side. AV hates you, me, winning, the Rangers and America (seriously, I think I saw him kneeling during the National Anthem the other night).
Following their waiver claim of Adam Cracknell yesterday, the expected has been made official. The New York Rangers have reassigned center Filip Chytil to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack:
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2017
As the old idiom goes, it’s only a matter of time. For Filip Chytil—the standout rookie center who forced his way onto the New York Rangers’ through a series of powerful preseason performances—this is especially true today.
After putting in their first waiver claim of the season earlier this afternoon, picking up veteran forward Adam Cracknell from the Dallas Stars, the Rangers have now set the stage for an early curtain call for Chytil.
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