The New York Rangers are getting healthier with key players now returning from injury. Defenseman Kevin Klein (foot) and former Hartford Wolf Pack (and CT Whale) forward, Mats Zuccarello (lower body) returning to action Wednesday night at MSG, and the expected return this weekend of center Derek Stepan and soon thereafter defenseman Dan Boyle likely next week, along with John Moore finishing his suspension after two more games, and with d-man Ryan McDonagh just another week, maybe two away, the Rangers have begun to shift personnel.
The ball starts rolling with forward/center Chris Mueller being sent back to Hartford today from the Rangers. Expect Conor Allan to follow suit shortly and quite possibly Michael Kostka heading to Hartford when McDonagh is healthy enough to return. That move triggered Pack General Manager to release fan favorite Jared Nightingale from his PTO. With Mueller’s return, that sends the Wolf Pack over the allowable AHL veteran limit as well as the contract limit.
Schoenfeld also sent both Michael Kantor and Shawn O’Donnell to Greenville to play with the Road Warriors.
Still to b e determined is if the Rangers will hold onto veteran Ryan Malone who cleared waivers and has not decided on whether or not he will accept a demotion to the AHL or refuse to report and opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
Here’s the official release on Mueller’s reassignment and the Pack/Nightingale moves:
RANGERS ASSIGN CHRIS MUELLER TO HARTFORD
BY: The New York Rangers
NEW YORK, November 6, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Mueller has skated in seven games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points. He tied a single-game NHL career-high with two points and posted a plus-one rating on October 21 at New Jersey.
The 5-11, 210-pounder tallied a goal in his only game with the Wolf Pack this season on Oct. 12 at Syracuse.
WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
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Kantor, Nightingale and O’Donnell Head to ECHL
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
HARTFORD, November 6, 2014: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three Wolf Pack player moves.
Forward Michael Kantor has been reassigned by the parent New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, forward Shawn O’Donnell has been loaned to the Road Warriors by the Wolf Pack, and defenseman Jared Nightingale has been released from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack, and will be returning to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Kantor, a second-year pro and a 2013 Ranger free-agent signee out of the Ontario Hockey League, has missed the Wolf Pack’s last nine games after being injured in the Wolf Pack’s season opener October 12 in Syracuse. O’Donnell, a second-year man out of St. Mary’s University, has skated in three games with the Wolf Pack this season, going scoreless and Even, with 17 penalty minutes. He signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack July 22, 2014.
Nightingale had seen action in six Wolf Pack games since signing his PTO October 13, and had chipped in one assist and a +5, with two PIM. The ninth-year pro played one game with Toledo this year prior to joining the Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack’s next action is a two-game trip to Hershey to take on the Bears, and the first of those two battles is this Saturday night, November 8. That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.
The Pack’s next home game at the XL Center is Friday, November 14, with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers making their first visit of the year to Hartford. Once again this season every Friday night home game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.
Tickets for all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.
To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.