Following last night’s miserable 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks, the New York Rangers have apparently begun the process of shaking things up. The Rangers announced this afternoon that they have assigned Tony DeAngelo to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
Spanning the last two games, DeAngelo has played pretty sparingly at even strength and was relegated to strictly a power play specialist. He played 5:20 against the Nashville Predators and eclipsed 12 minutes last night against the Sharks, but half of that time was accumulated on the power play. The usage of DeAngelo has been absolutely mind numbing thus far and to be honest, this was a move we all saw coming in the end.
With DeAngelo still needing to grow as a player, having him sit on the bench didn’t help the player nor the Rangers in the end. At least now he will have an opportunity to play big minutes in Hartford rather than riding the bench in favor of Nick Holden.
The bigger question is what the Rangers do now with the two roster spots that were seemingly opened by the moves today. Earlier this afternoon the Rangers also waived Adam Cracknell after a short four game stint, and he will likely head to the AHL assuming he clears waivers. Whether it be an impending trade or calling up some kids from Hartford, we’ll have to wait and see what’s next.