Tim Erixon played 18 games for the Rangers last season in three different stints.
In his first stint in October (9 games), Erixon averaged 14:58, in his second stint (4 games in December) Erixon averaged 10:16 and in his final five games, March, Erixon played 11:37 and had two assists.
Jeff Gorton said at Blueshirts United of Erixon, “The first time he was up, it was a strength issue, he is a young man with an underdeveloped body and he is working on that. He got a stronger and worked hard with the coaching staff and when he was recalled there was a noticeable difference. Come next year I think Timmy will have a big push to make the team.”
In Hartford, Erixon played 52 games and had three goals and 30 assists. He has a cap hit for next season of $1.75 million.
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Adam Rotter: I think the hope is for Erixon to win a job in training camp and fill one of the remaining spots on defense. The issue would be him playing on the right side which he may have done a little bit earlier in the season. I think the organization views him as part of the defensive core of the future of the present and future, but he is the Rangers best trade chip. I don’t believe in having too many defensemen until it’s a problem and think that a defense that includes Erixon, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi would be the best in the league for many years.