An explanation of the “Clear Day” list is:
Signed Junior players, or players who join the team on amateur tryout agreements after their Junior or college seasons are complete, are also allowed to see action for AHL teams during this period, regardless of whether or not emergency conditions exist.
No current Ranger was on the clear day list as the expectation was that the team would make a deep run in the playoffs.
12:27PM: Craig Custance confirms this with a tweet, saying, “Only locked out NHL players who can sign AHL deals after Sat. are those who finished last year in AHL or were on AHL team’s clear day list.”
He adds “Basically AHL is protecting its teams and preserving a bit of integrity so league isn’t flooded with NHL players if lockout drags on.”
Adam Rotter: More and more it looks like Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin won’t get to play with the Whale this season. Maybe it will change once the lockout actually starts, but as of now, all signs are pointing to Chris Kreider being the only one who can play in Hartford.
The Rangers are likely to announce the players they are sending down later today.