News: Brandon Mashinter Sent To Hartford

MashinterThe Rangers have announced that Brandon Mashinter has been sent to Hartford.

Mashinter has been scratched for the past two games since Dominic Moore returned.

This could indicate that Rick Nash is ready to return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow or that the Rangers will go with seven defensemen and scratch another forward.

He has played 6 games for the Rangers this season and averaging 4:34 per game.

Mashinter has played fewer than 3 minutes in two of the last three games.

As of 1:02PM, Nash is still listed as being on IR on the team’s website.

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News: Rangers Call Up Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter

Chris KreiderThe Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider and Brandon Mashinter have been called up.

Kreider has two goals, two assists, a minus one rating, 2 PP goals and 16 shots on goal.

Mashinter has five assists, a plus three rating and 6 shots on goal. He also has 7PIM.

Adam Rotter: With half of the Rangers top six forwards injured and the other half pretty much struggling to score, there is no better time for Chris Kreider to stake claim to a roster spot and hold on to it. He doesn’t have to come in and score 50 goals in the first two games, he just needs to use his skills and play like he has been in Hartford. If he does that and shows he can be effective at the NHL level he will stay with the Rangers. Mashinter provides nice depth on the fourth line and another physical body. To read more of this story, click here

Buzz: Rangers Re-sign Brandon Mashinter

According to Cap Geek, the Rangers have re-signed Brandon Mashinter to a two-way contract that has an NHL cap hit of $605,000 and an AHL salary of $75,000.

Mashinter, 6-4 and 220, played in 4 games for the Rangers last season with an average ice time of 5:55 and seven hits.

With the Whale last year, Mashinter had 10 goals and nine assists in 35 games.

Mashinter, 24,  will still be an RFA when his contract expires next summer.

The Rangers acquired Mashinter, shortly before the season started, for Tommy Grant.

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Mashinter, for right now, is not scheduled to be on the Rangers active roster and thus his NHL cap hit does not count against the cap.

With Mashinter signed, the Rangers have 48 players on their reserve list. Derek Stepan will make 49 and the team will have one open spot.

NEWS: Brandon Mashinter Sent Down

MashinterAccording to the AHL Transaction Wire, the Rangers have sent down Brandon Mashinter.

He played four games for the Rangers since being called up. He had two shots, was a minus two and averaged 5:55 per game. He played 3:30 last night after playing 8:31 against Montreal on Saturday.

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This could indicate that the Rangers are going to activate Rick Nash off of IR.

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Read: Brandon Mashinter Is In The Lineup Tonight (Some Info)

MashinterIt is expected that Brandon Mashinter will make his Rangers debut tonight against Montreal.

John Tortorella said yesterday, that the decision on who to play hinges on a few factors, “Who you are playing against, where you are playing. Process for the players. I have been interested to get a look at Mashinter. He is an interesting one to me.

Hockey’s Future wrote of Mashinter in June 2012, “The hulking winger plays with physicality and grit and works well down low along the boards and around the net.” They add that Mashinter needs to spend more time in the dirty areas of the ice and stop thinking like a sniper. They have him projected out as a bottom six checking line forward.

They wrote, in September 2012, that Mashinter could develop into a lower scoring version of Milan Lucic and be an energy/toughness player in the NHL.

He is 6-4, 220.

Mashinter has played 13 games in the NHL, has zero points, and three fights.

He has seven fights in the AHL this season and three of them have come since he joined the Whale. Mashinter has 11 points in 14 games since being acquired.

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