The New York Rangers have assigned Brendan Well to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. Bell made his Rangers debut on Saturday against Edmonton, registering two shots on goal.
Bell was one of the bottom players in terms of playing time on defense, and wasn't able to wrestle a roster spot from any of the younger players. In all honestly, while Bell was up I didn't see much from him, although, to be fair, he wasn't expected to make a big impact when he did play.
I wouldn't read anything into this in terms of the Marc Staal situation. Obviously we'll keep you abreast of his status when anything breaks.
Official New York Rangers press release after the jump.
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
Brendan Bell Assigned to Connecticut
New York, October 25, 2011 - New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bell, 28, registered two shots on goal in 11:26 of ice time while making his Rangers debut on Saturday at Edmonton. He returns to Connecticut where he has registered one assist and 12 penalty minutes in two games this season.
The Ottawa, Ontario native was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 9, 2011. He was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 65th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers practice schedule for tomorrow, October 26, is 11:00 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.