Following last night’s 3-2 overtime loss against the New York Islanders, the Rangers have made a significant amount of roster cuts, and reduced their roster to 29 players. As per an official team release, the Rangers have assigned Mat Bodie, John Gilmour, Ryan Graves, Marek Hrivik, Nicklas Jensen, Robin Kovacs, Mackenzie Skapski, Malte Stromwall, and Chris Summers to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
In addition, Maxim Lapierre was also released from his professional tryout agreement and will no longer be apart of the organization. Among all of the players cut, Nicklas Jensen and Marek Hrivik will require waivers before being sent down, which gives the 29 other teams a chance at claiming them. While I don’t suspect that they will get snatched up, there is always a chance that it could happen. Being that waiver activity is beginning to pick up, every team is trying to slip players like Hrivik and Jensen through the cracks.
With one game remaining on the preseason schedule, the Rangers currently have 18 forwards, eight defensemen, and three goaltenders remaining on their roster. Final roster cuts will likely come sometime after the game on Thursday or may stretch into the weekend.
There will be plenty to watch for come tomorrow night, especially with the likes of Brandon Pirri, Nathan Gerbe, Michael Grabner, Josh Jooris and Tanner Glass all fighting for the final two spots up front.