The Rangers have announced that Kris Newbury has been sent to Hartford.
Newbury played in four games for the Rangers after being called up and registered an assist in his first game and took a penalty last night.
His ice time, starting with last night, was:
He has registered five hits on the season.
John Tortorella has praised Newbury in the past and called him a “junk-yard dog” on the ice but a player who needs to walk the line between being physical and taking penalties.
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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.”
Kris Newbury will likely play in his second game of the season for the Rangers tonight after being called up yesterday.
On what he said about being called up, he told the Rangers website, “It’s very exciting, I just want to bring some energy, make smart decisions and stay out of the box.
Newbury added, in the Daily News, “for me it’s just creating energy, if that means getting in on the forecheck, finishing my hits, moving my feet, getting pucks to the net, anything I can do to help change that obviously would be a big benefit.”
Chris Kreider, who raved about Newbury last week, said this morning, “you can learn a lot in the locker room and on the ice. He has such great poise and is just worried about playing hockey. He does so many little things along the boards, it’ stuff that Richie does a lot of, real cerebral guys like Step also. “
The Rangers have announced that Kris Newbury has been called up.
Newbury scored the game winner for the Whale in the shootout last night.
This was speculated about yesterday as Newbury and Chris Kreider were a good team in Hartford.
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Larry Brooks tweeted earlier that he wouldn’t be shocked if the Rangers called up center Kris Newbury who has 55 points in 61 games for the Whale.
Chris Kreider absolutely raved about Newbury during his eight games in Hartford.
Newbury has only played one game with the Rangers this season, but ranks eighth in scoring this season in the AHL.
He played 5:oo on 1/24 against the Flyers and fought Tye McGinn.
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The Rangers placed Jeff Halpern on waivers earlier today which could open up a roster spot.
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK, January 25, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned forward Kris Newbury to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Newbury, 30, was credited with one hit in 5:00 of ice time in last night’s contest at Philadelphia. He returns to Connecticut where he has registered 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points, along with 94 penalty minutes in 40 games with Connecticut this season. Newbury has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last five contests with the Whale. He leads Connecticut in assists and points, is tied for first in shorthanded goals (two) and ranks second in goals, power play goals (five), penalty minutes (94) and shots on goal (91). He has also posted 12 multi-point efforts, including three, three-point performances.
A veteran of six NHL seasons, Newbury has skated in 67 career NHL games with the Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, registering four goals and four assists for eight points, along with 130 penalty minutes. Newbury has tallied one assist and 66 penalty minutes in 19 career games with the Rangers. He made his NHL debut on December 23, 2006, against Washington as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and recorded his first career NHL point with a goal on January 1, 2007, against Boston.
The Brampton, Ontario native was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for forward Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010. He was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks as a fifth round choice, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
The Rangers announced early this morning that they have called up Kris Newbury from the Whale.
Newbury has 15 goals and 21 assists for the Whale this season.
In his brief time in Hartford so far, Chris Kreider has drawn praise from different areas of the hockey world for his play and his potential.
Kris Newbury, who has played on a line with Kreider and Chad Kolarik, told the Rangers website,“He is a guy that can really move. For me and our line to work you wanna have the puck in his hands and he demonstrated tonight that he has a great shot. My first option is always to look for him.”
Newbury, who played with Carl Hagelin before he was called up last season, said that the two of them used to run a play that may work with Kreider as well
“When Carl was down we had a set play where he would start skating and I would rip it off the boards and he was usually the first guy to get there and it created a lot of scoring chances. I think it will be the same with Chris.”
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Justin Bourne, at Backhand Shelf, listed Kreider as one of the top 25 players under 25.
Michael Haley said at Blueshirts United “he is a big boy. He is fast and he moves well. I think he will be a good player. He is consistent as long as he is banging and being a good power forward he will be pretty special here.”
The Rangers re-signed Kris Newbury over the summer to a two-year deal that puts him in a tie for the second highest AHL salary at $300,000 per year.
His salary would double if he were to play for the Rangers where he has played 18 games over the past two seasons.
Newbury, 30, could get a long look in training camp, according to Bruce Berlet, because of his “versatility, grit and feistiness.”
Newbury told Berlet that players need to “go in and be at the top of your game and play your best to have a shot at any NHL club.”
He added, “As long as I do that – if there’s camp – then hopefully I’ll have a good shot.”
Adam Rotter: I think that Newbury, along with Michael Haley, will be the first call ups from Hartford this season as the roster, for the most part, looks to be filled out. Newbury is a solid AHL guy and has been with the Whale for some time now. He can fight, he is tough and at that level he can score. He is a valuable guy to have done there and possibly the next captain if Wade Redden doesn’t return.
Bob McKenzie tweets that the Rangers have re-signed Kris Newbury to a two-year, two-way deal.
Newbury has played 18 games for the Rangers over the last two seasons.
In his last two seasons in Hartford, Newbury had 61 points in 69 games and 64 points in 65 games.
John Tortorella called him an “old school” player in the early part of the season.
Leslie Treff tweets, “Rangers re-sign Kris Newbury, who can fill in on the fourth line, and with Mitchell gone, if no one steps up in camp, could wind up being a regular on the 4th line.”