The New York Rangers were already limping into Saturday’s game against the Canadiens in Montreal without Rick Nash, but it turns out Michael Del Zotto isn’t playing either, according to Ranger Rants.
The 24-year-old defenseman was walking around with a noticeable limp after Thursday’s loss against the Ottawa Senators. New York Newsday indicates that he’s dealing with a hip injury.
Del Zotto has seven points in 16 games this season, although he’s been ice cold lately, with just an assist in his last 10 contests.
It’s not all bad news for the struggling Rangers, however. There was a chance Marc Staal might have missed tonight’s game because of flu-like symptoms, but he opted to fight through them.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.