Rangers Recall Domingue, Edström From Hartford

With the quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup set to kick off later today, team’s are allowed to make as many roster recalls as they see fit. As a result, the Rangers have opted to bring up their third string goaltender in Louis Domingue as well as Matt Rempe’s more versatile bash brother, Adam Edström. 

With the Wolf Pack preparing for their own playoff run, the Rangers couldn’t harvest too much of their crop in Hartford. Nevertheless, Domingue and Edström joining the team on the eve of their playoff quest doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It’s always a smart and safe idea to have a third goalie around in case of emergencies. Additionally, Edström now gives the Rangers the ability to run five forward lines in practice with Jonny Brodzinski and Filip Chytil as the current extras. 

Edström appeared in 11 games with the Rangers this season, registering 2 goals in the process. One of which came in his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks back in December. 

In his 11 games, Edström not only proved capable of playing at the NHL level but showed that he could be a productive part of the Rangers 4th line. While a lot would likely need to go wrong for the Rangers in order for Edström to get in the mix, it’s always good to have plenty of depth. On top of his stint with the Rangers this season, his 16 points in 40 games with Hartford helped indicate he could be ready or at the very least, closer to making the next step in his career. 

Louis Domingue split time with Dylan Garand as Hartford’s starting netminder this season and finishes the year with a 16-8-4 record. In those 28 games, Domingue carried a .909 save percentage, a 2.66 goals-against-average while starting in one game for the Rangers when Igor Shesterkin missed some time with injury. On top of all that, he finished the season off picking up his first career goal which helped the Pack clinch their playoff berth against the Springfield Thunderbirds. 

Not only is it wise to carry three goalies in playoffs, but having Domingue in practice will be quite valuable to this Rangers team. As pointed out by @daveyupper on Twitter yesterday, it’s not a bad idea to have a right-handed catching goaltender to shoot on in practice as the Rangers will be going up against one in Charlie Lindgren throughout round one. 

May seem like a small matter but you’d be surprised at how much it can have an impact from the shooter’s perspective. Rangers fans also don’t need a reminder of what we saw two playoffs ago when the Rangers faced Domingue in the postseason, which led to a small hiccup in the first round of 2022. Recalling Domingue also allows for Dylan Garand to continue his development, getting full starting duties in Hartford’s forthcoming Calder Cup chase.