Yesterday the Rangers announced that they had recalled nine players from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL. The Whale were eliminated from Calder Cup contention last week, and the nine players called up will serve as the “taxi squad.” As per Andrew Gross, they will practice separately from the current roster. It should be noted that of these players with asterisks have professional contracts, and can play in the playoffs.
The players called up include:
G – Cameron Talbot
D – Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath
F – J.T. Miller, Casey Wellman, Kris Newbury, Chad Kolarik, Marek Hrivik, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
It is interesting to note that the Rangers called up the players judged to be the best at their position during the regular season and postseason for the Whale. Notables missing here are Chad Johnson, Ryan Bourque, and Pavel Valentenko.
It should be noted that only Hrivik is ineligible to dress for the Rangers, as he does not have a conract and was not on the reserve list. If McIlrath or Miller play, they will burn a year of their ELC.
Wade Redden could not be called up due to salary cap constraints.