And then there were 42. The New York Rangers just announced that forwards Tanner Fritz and Austin Rueschhoff and Tarmo Reunanen have been sent down to the AHL, which leaves 42 players on the Blueshirts’ training camp roster.
This news comes just a day after the team cut prospects Matt Rempe and Karl Henriksson. Rempe was been assigned to the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and Karl Henriksson — the Rangers’ second round pick of the 2019 Draft (58th overall) — has been sent to Frölunda (SHL).
There is no real surprise here but it is disappointing that Reunanen, who played four games with the Rangers last season, found himself on the chopping block this early. Reunanen was Hartford’s most valuable defenseman for the majority of the 2020-21 campaign. Now 23, the 2021-22 season will be Reunanen’s second in North America. The Finn is a left-handed blueliner who was drafted in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2016 Draft.
The Rangers return to preseason action tonight at 7 p.m. ET against the Boston Bruins.