4:53PM: Alain Vigneault said today :
- With losing Cally, we were already short on PKers so that is one reason we brought up Powe. We thought it was a good fit. He had a real strong training camp so we brought him up. The decision was made yesterday. Schoeny, Glen and myself talked with Ken and we looked at the possible lines we could have and the role that we needed and it was more of a fourth line/PKer that we needed and Powe fit that bill.
2:42PM: Powe, in a chat with the Rangers website said:
- “excited to be back after a few good weeks of work in Hartford.”
- “It’s tough seeing Cally go down, especially when he just got back and started rolling. It gives me an opportunity and I am just trying to make the most of that and help the team win here.”
- On being sent down, “It’s disappointing when you get the news but there are two ways you can go about it. You can work hard and try to earn a spot back up here or you can go the other way with things. I tried to stay positive and do what I can to get back here. I am fortunate enough to be back here.”
- On catching the coaches eye in the preseason, “it was a tough end to last year and I wanted to show myself that I could still play and be effective. I thought I played well in camp and I get another opportunity to make an impact.”
- On the Wolf Pack, “It’s looking good. There are a lot of young guys working hard. Those guys are working hard and doing the right things.”
2:23PM: While meeting with the media today, Alain Vigneault said that he decision to call up Darroll Powe from Hartford was about adding a 4th liner and penalty killer to replace Ryan Callahan.
Vigneault told the team’s twitter feed that he felt that role was more important to fill and that JT Miller and Taylor Pyatt will move up into more offensive roles.
Ryan Rishaug tweets that all players placed on waivers yesterday have cleared.
That means that Arron Asham and Darroll Powe have cleared waivers.
Ryan Rishaug reports that Darroll Powe and Arron Asham have been placed on waivers.
Powe and Asham are both signed for next season with a cap hits of $1.06 million and $1 million respectively.
The combined cap charge for both of them next season is $2.06 million and if the Rangers put both of them in the minors, via Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the team would only be charged with a combined total of $217,000 against the cap.
A player’s cap hit when he is sent to the minors on a one-way contract, via cap geek is, is the players cap hit minus the minimum salary + $375,000.
They have not been placed on waivers with the intention of a compliance buyout.
According to Andrew Gross and Katie Strang, Darroll Powe confirmed that he sustained a second concussion in the playoffs.
Gross said that Powe was cleared to play in game five and Powe told Katie Strang that he is feeling much better now.
Powe took an elbow from Joel Ward in game three of the Capitals series and didn’t play again in the playoffs.
Powe sustained a concussion early in the season.
In 2010, the Flyers came back from being down 0-3 to beat the Bruins in a second round series.
Darroll Powe was a member of the Flyers on the team that came back against Boston and spoke today about that series.
Powe said “you go in everyday and focus at the game at hand. You can’t win four games tomorrow night. We need to focus on coming out strong, going shift by shift and chipping away. You win every shift and that is how you get back into the series.”
Powe added that things start to change when you win one and start to see your confidence build while the opposition starts to see their confidence wane.
Arron Asham was also on the 2010 Flyers.
According to Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants, Darroll Powe is with the team in Boston and was seen riding a stationary bike.
Powe was injured early in the Capitals series after he took an elbow from Joel Ward.
It is presumed that Powe suffered a concussion, his second of the season.
The Rangers have announced that Darroll Powe is questionable to return for the Rangers tonight.
Powe took an elbow from Joel Ward in the first period and appeared woozy and in pain as he went to the bench and eventually the locker room.
On April 1, after being a healthy scratch for three games, Darroll Powe returned to the Rangers lineup. Since that game, the Rangers are 8-3-1.
Powe has played between 6 and 11 minutes on the Rangers fourth line since returning. He is averaging 1:36 on the PK and 9:03 overall.
Earlier in the year, John Tortorella said that Powe has really helped the Rangers PK and called how he plays “old school” He added that the physical, grinding style fits in with what he wants his players to do.
Powe has no goals and no assists this season. He has 75 hits.
Powe was acquired in early February from the Wild for Mike Rupp.
THIS SECTION is all about Powe.
Two-thirds of the Rangers fourth line last night was not in the lineup last Thursday in the Rangers loss to the Panthers.
Arron Asham returned from injury, Kris Newbury was called up from Hartford and combined with Darroll Powe, they scored a goal and drew a key penalty that led to the Rangers tying the game.
- Darroll Powe: 8:35 with one shot, two hits and a blocked shot
- Kris Newbury: 8:55 with an assist, three hits and 2 wins and 4 losses on faceoffs
- Arron Asham: 6:39 with a goal, two shots and three hits.
When asked to describe the role his line played in the game, Asham said that they provided his teammates with some “jump.”
John Tortorella said last night that the fourth line “changed the complexion of the game” and played a big role in the Rangers securing a point.
Dan Girardi said on MSG that the way the fourth line played was exactly the way it needs to moving forward.
Before the game on MSG, John Tortorella said of Kris Newbury “He is a junk-yard dog. He is physical, he is on the puck. He just can’t cross the line with the discipline. He has been a good solider down there. We are hoping maybe he bangs one in for us. He brings some jam.”
12:36PM: On twitter, the Rangers announced that Darroll Powe has been cleared to play tomorrow against the Winnipeg Jets.
John Tortorella said that Powe is “good to go.”
Powe skated today with Brian Boyle and JT Miller.
More on Powe’s concussion including how John Tortorella missed him, HERE.