Rangers training camp cuts were made today, sending 28 players to either the AHL or to their Junior team. Tortorella has said in the past that the Rangers plan on bringing 31 to 33 players with them to Europe to finish up the pre-season and to start the season. After today's cuts there are now 35 players on the Rangers roster, which means that after the next pre-season game there will be at least two more players cut from the roster prior to the team heading to Europe.
There aren't many spots left for grabs amongst the forwards but it will be interesting to see what decisions are made on the blue line for the Rangers. With Marc Staal sitting out with post-concussion symptoms only Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Mike Sauer are guaranteed spots on the blue line. Steve Eminger who was re-signed this summer will also stick with the Rangers, but he may be given a more prominent role unless other moves are made. It's still possible that the Rangers invite someone else to camp, sign a player or made a trade. With the sudden need for defensemen, Dylan McIlrath who was expected to be returned to his Junior team today is left battling for a spot on the roster opening night.
According to NYR.com:
PLAYERS STILL IN NEW YORK RANGERS TRAINING CAMP:
Goal (3): Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Stajcer
Defense (11): Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Blake Parlett, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal
Forward (21): Artem Anisimov, Sean Avery, Ryan Bourque, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Andre Deveaux, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Brandon Prust, Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Andreas Thuresson, Dale Weise, Wojtek Wolski, Mats Zuccarello
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