The New York Rangers have officially ended the Daniel Paille experiment and placed 31-year-old forward on waivers to end his short stay in the NHL. According to Andrew Gross, Paille was placed on waivers at noon, and is likely bound for the Hartford Wolf Pack if he goes unclaimed. Paille was originally brought in to help "jump-start" the struggling penalty kill, but as expected, that quick fix failed almost instantly.
In the 12 games that Paille appeared in for the Rangers, the penalty kill dropped to 28th overall in the league, which has them operating at a 77.5% rate. That is just barely a fraction above the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames, who are both struggling to remain into the playoff picture.
With Paille on his way out, the Rangers are expected to make a forward recall before their upcoming game against the Detroit Red Wings. Jeff Gorton and assistant coach Scott Arniel will be in Hartford tonight to scout, and will likely make a decision after the game concludes. If the Rangers are truly looking to fill a penalty killing/fourth line role internally, I think it's about time they give Ryan Bourque a much deserved opportunity.
He has shown promise during his short stints in training camp, and it finally feels like the time is right to give him a legitimate shot. Of course, there is no telling which way the Rangers will go with this, so we will have to wait until tomorrow to see what move they make.