According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the New York Rangers have trimmed their training camp roster by nine players. Cam Talbot, Tommy Hughes, Aaron Johnson, Dylan McIlrath, Danny Syvret, Micheal Haley, Michael Kantor, Danny Kristo, and Andrew Yogan were all assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack earlier this afternoon.
Most of these cuts were guaranteed to happen sooner or later, but one surprising name that is included on this list is Danny Kristo. He's played very well throughout the preseason, and was originally thought to be in contention for a roster spot on opening night. However, with recent surprises from Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg, J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast, he simply slid too far down the list to be considered.
But, buy no means is this a bad thing. Kristo will likely be getting top-six minutes with the Wolfpack, and I'm sure he will impress down there as well. There's still a very good chance he could get a shot later on in the season in the event of injuries, or some poor play by others on the roster. Either way though, I wouldn't count Kristo out just yet.
Another name that's surprisingly still on the training camp roster? Conor Allen. He's had a very, very, very strong camp, and he could turn out to be a beautiful signing by Sather and co. While it's great to see, the Rangers top-six is basically set in terms of spots, and I'm not sure it's wise to keep Allen around as a seventh/eighth defensemen. I'd rather him get some time down in the AHL, and continue to grow his game even further.
The Rangers roster is now down the 30, and they will likely have another round of cuts after the next two games, in order to get down to the required 23 players. There will be some tough decisions being made over the next couple of days, and it will be interesting to see how Alain Vigneault works it all out.
For now though, thoughts?