Rangers Make First Cuts + Roster Vs Boston

As expected, the Rangers made their first cuts today and there were absolutely no surprises on this list as 19 players (basically group C) were sent to either Hartford or their Junior teams:

Forwards to Hartford: Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, and Nick Tarnasky

Forwards to Juniors: Ryan Gropp, Keegan Iverson, and Brad Morrison

Defensemen to Hartford: Calle Andersson, Kodie Curran, Troy Donnay, Samuel Noreau, and Petr Zamorsky

Defensemen to Juniors: Ryan Mantha, and Sergey Zborovskiy

Goalies to Hartford (both are rehabbing injuries): Cedrick Desjardins and Mackenzie Skapski

Goalie to Juniors: Brandon Halverson

Goalie released from tryout: Jacob Smith

Again, none of these guys were going to see game action during the preseason so no surprises in these cuts. There probably won’t be many surprises in the next round of cuts unless the Rangers choose to make a really big one. It’s after that where it might get interesting.

The remaining players had the day off before 20 of them head to Boston tomorrow for preseason game #3. Speaking of which, definitely a few more familiar names in tomorrow’s roster:

Forwards: Derick Brassard, Ryan Bourque, Emerson Etem, Brian Gibbons, Tanner Glass, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg, Rick Nash, Jarret Stoll, Adam Tambellini, Mats Zuccarello

Defensemen: Brett Bellemore, Dan Boyle, Tommy Hughes, Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei, Keith Yandle

Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist, Jeff Malcolm

My guess is Lundqvist will play the entire game. I’m not surprised to see Brassard and Nash on that list. I am surprised to see their linemate getting into a game so early. I didn’t expect to see him until next week. Also not surprised to Lindberg playing again. He will probably play almost every game as the Rangers decide what they want to do with him. My guess is they are at the same point I am – he’s probably ready for the NHL but where on the roster do they put him?

On defense, it’s good to see Boyle back from whatever personal issue kept him away from the team the first two games. Hopefully his return means everything is okay. And it’s good to see the captain playing, although again not really surprising. I would expect the other two who haven’t played to make their debut in New Jersey on Saturday.

Bring on the Bruins! (Or whoever is making up the Bruins tomorrow night in Boston…)

 

(Photo: Melissa Andus)

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