The Rangers returned to North America today and wasted no
time refining their roster.
Defenseman Brendan Bell was assigned to the CT Whale and
goalie Scott Stajcer was sent back to the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
Bell’s demotion could mean that Tim Erixon impressed the
coaching staff enough in the season’s first two games to warrant an extended stay
New York claimed
defenseman Jeff Woywitka off waivers on Thursday and though Woywitka didn’t
Los Angeles or Anaheim,
it was assumed that he would take Erixon’s spot in the lineup next weekend.
But the Rangers are always conscious of making sure their
young players receive as much ice-time as possible, so it’s not likely that
they would have kept Erixon if he was bound to be a healthy scratch. If Erixon stays with the team, it’s because
New York intends to continue deploying him as the sixth defenseman.
Coach John Tortorella didn’t use Erixon too much during crunch
time of either Friday or Saturday’s games, but Erixon took fairly regular
shifts for the most part and didn’t make many mistakes.
Now that New York is back in North America it can certainly
send Erixon back to the Whale at any time, but it seems likely that Erixon will
play at least one more game against the New York Islanders on Saturday before
the Blueshirts decide whether to keep him for a longer period or insert
Woywitka into the lineup.
Of course, the blueline situation has been chaotic already
this season as Erixon was originally assigned to the Whale on October 1st
before being recalled on October 5th. So
it’s also possible that the Blueshirts may just want Erixon to get more
practice time with the NHL club and also give Woywitka time to settle in before
making a move later in the week.
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