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Rangers assign Di Giuseppe to Wolf Pack

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Hartford gets a valuable forward back

Hartford Wolfpack v Laval Rocket Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The New York Rangers have assigned veteran forward Phil Di Giuseppe to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. The Rangers called Di Giuseppe up from the Wolf Pack on Dec. 22.

Today, Dec. 27, marks the end of the holiday roster freeze, which is almost certainly the cause of this move happening today. Of course, Di Giuseppe did not appear in the Rangers’ lineup on Dec. 22 against the Anaheim Ducks or on Dec. 23 against the Flyers. He was brought up due to growing number of nagging injuries impacting the Blueshirts’ forwards. Hopefully, this is a sign that Kaapo Kakko’s foot injury is all healed up.

This season, Di Giuseppe has recorded nine goals and picked up eight assists in 31 games with the Wolf Pack. It’s worth noting that four of his nine goals have proven to be game-winners. Di Giuseppe, 26, signed to a one-year contract as a free agent last summer and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.