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New York Rangers Set Opening Night Roster

Vitali Kravtsov is one of the players who was assigned to Hartford.

NHL: OCT 01 Rangers at Devils Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New York Rangers have set their opening night roster at 23, and did so today by assigning Vitali Kravtsov, Morgan Barron, and Greg McKegg to Hartford.

Before you freak out, there’s a good chance the assignment of Kravtsov is temporary.

This makes a lot of sense, more so when you consider the Rangers are dressing a beefed up lineup vs. the Washington Capitals that should include Ryan Reaves and Jarred Tinordi. The Blueshirts are in action again for the home opener on Thursday vs. Dallas, and at that point it is feasible that Kravtsov is called back up and draws into the lineup.

The one odd thing is that the Rangers opted to keep Libor Hajek on the roster as opposed to Kravtsov, which would suggest they feel he’d be claimed on waivers. I’m not sure that would be the case, and even if it were, the team has numerous players ahead of him on the depth chart as it is.