The Connecticut Whale and the New York Rangers have made two personnel moves in an attempt to have enough bodies and improve their respective teams.
In the first move, the Rangers have recalled Brandon Segal likely in order to take Arron Asham’s place in Saturday’s season opener game against the Boston Bruins. Asham was sentenced by the NHL to a four-game suspension for his actions against the Philadelphia Flyers’ Brayden Schenn in Game 3 of the Penguins’ first-round playoff series in last year’s playoffs. He served three of those games already at the end of the Flyers’ playoff run and will miss the first game of this season. Because the Rangers only have 22 players in training camp this is a move to field a full-team Saturday.
Segal is 6’2, 215 pounds and has 16 points (9g, 7a) to go along with 60 PIM in 38 games in Hartford. Segal was originally a fourth round pick of the Nashville Predators.
Segal will need to pass through waivers in order to return to Hartford. That may be the reason for the next move…
In a move to improve the Whale who have struggled to find consistency all season long, General Manager Jim Schoenfeld has sent a message by trading forward Tommy Grant to the San Jose Sharks, along with a conditional draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft for Brandon Mashinter.
Grant, who had 17 points (9g, 8a) and 15 PIM in 34 games, leaves the Rangers organization after playing 2+ seasons with the Wolf/Pack/Whale since signing with the organization as an undrafted free agent on March 29, 2011.
The addition of Mashinter gives the Whale some heavyweight toughness that they haven’t really had all season. To this point, it has been all Michael Haley and recently since rejoining the team after recovering from a knee injury, Dylan McIlrath.
In 30 games this season Mashinter has five points (2g, 3a) and 44 PIM.
Mashinter has good size at 6’4, and 230 pounds. In his fourth season with the Worcester Sharks, he’s skated in 236 games recording 108 points (54g, 54a) and has sat in the sin bin for 324 minutes. The Bradford, Ontario native ranks fourth on Worcester’s all-time goals list and seventh on the team’s all-time points list.
The left winger has also skated in 13 NHL games with the Sharks and did not record a point but did have 17 PIM. With the exception of his first season, Mashinter has never had a plus/minus in the positive. He was a plus-1 in his first season, a minus-2 in his next two, a minus-11 and is currently sporting the same minus-11 as he comes to Hartford.
It’s a safe bet to make that head coach Ken Gernander will look to see Mashinter get back on the scorer’s sheet as add some toughness to the front line.
Management is clearly sending a message to the Whale locker room that inconsistency and complacency is not going to be tolerated and that if moving players out is necessary in order to get it done, then that is what the team will do to get it.
Here is the official release from the Rangers on the trade.
NEW YORK, January 16, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Brandon Mashinter from San Jose in exchange for forward Tommy Grant and a conditional pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Mashinter, 24, has registered two goals and three assists, along with 44 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. On November 11, he notched his first goal of the season with a power play tally against Providence and, on December 29, recorded the game-winning goal with 3:37 remaining in regulation for a 3-2 victory against Providence. Mashinter registered three points (one goal, two assists) in a five-game span from November 9 against Portland to November 17 against Connecticut.
The 6-4, 230-pounder has skated in 236 career AHL games over four seasons with Worcester, registering 54 goals and 54 assists for 108 points, along with 324 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth on Worcester’s all-time goals list and seventh on the team’s all-time points list.
The Bradford, Ontario native established AHL career-highs in goals (22), points (37) and penalty minutes (117) while skating in a career-best, 79 games as a rookie in 2009-10. He became the first player in Worcester history to record double digits in goals and fighting majors (13), and the second Shark in franchise history to eclipse 20 goals as a rookie. Mashinter finished that season tied for third among AHL rookies in goals and ninth in penalty minutes. He also made his professional playoff debut in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, which he finished tied for third on the team in scoring with six points (one goal, five assists) in 11 postseason contests.
Signed by San Jose as an undrafted free agent on March 3, 2009, Mashinter has skated in 13 career NHL contests with the Sharks, making his NHL debut on December 29, 2010, at Minnesota.
Grant, 26, has skated in 34 games with the Connecticut Whale (AHL) this season, registering nine goals and eight assists for 17 points, along with 15 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native was originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on March 29, 2011.
Here’s the release on the Segal recall:
NEW YORK, January 17, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Brandon Segal from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Segal, 29, has registered nine goals and seven assists for 16 points, along with 60 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He is tied for third on the team in goals and shorthanded goals (one), ranks fourth in penalty minutes and third in shots on goal (88). Segal notched a shorthanded goal and posted a plus-three rating in a 6-1 win yesterday at Portland. He posted a season-high, four-game point streak from October 19 at Norfolk to October 26 against Hershey, registering four goals and two assists over the span.
A veteran of four NHL seasons, Segal has skated in 102 career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars, registering 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, along with 83 penalty minutes. Segal established NHL career-highs in 2009-10 with six goals, six assists and 12 points while splitting time between Los Angeles and Dallas. He made his NHL debut with TampaBay on March 3, 2009, against Pittsburgh, and recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on December 31, 2009, at Minnesota as a member of the Kings.
The Richmond, British Columbia native was signed by the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on July 11, 2012. He was originally selected by the Nashville Predators as a fourth round choice, 102nd overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
In other player personnel news, according to Andrew Gross, on his Ranger Rants blog, the Rangers put veteran defenseman, and Whale captain, Wade Redden on waivers yesterday afternoon. If he clears waivers by noon Thursday, Redden will be bought out of his NHL contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Rumors suggest that there are approximately four or so teams who’ve expressed interest in acquiring Redden’s services.
Redden according to TSN and ESPN, along with former Ranger forward Scott Gomez, have both cleared waivers.