On Monday, the Rangers flipped forwards with AHL Hartford, sending down veteran winger Ryan Malone while recalling Jesper Fast.
The Blueshirts also sent down defenseman Conor Allen, which corresponds to the pending returns of Dan Boyle — who’s been out with a broken hand — and John Moore, who is coming off a suspension.
As for Malone, it’ll be interesting to see if he accepts his assignment. The 34-year-old hasn’t played in the American League since 2002-03 and earlier this season, another veteran Rangers forward — Matthew Lombardi — rejected his demotion to the AHL, opting to sign in Europe intead.
The fact the Rangers made moves today isn’t surprising. Following Sunday’s disappointing 3-1 loss to the Oilers, head coach Alain Vigneault hinted that changes would be coming.
“I think, after every game, you evaluate your personnel,” Vigneault said, per NorthJersey.com. “This weekend will be no different than any other game situation. We’re going to evaluate our team, see where we are. See if we can make some adjustments and go from there.”
As for the player coming in — Fast — he was up with the Rangers earlier this year, going scoreless over three games. The 22-year-old Swede has performed very well for Hartford, however, scoring one goal and nine points in 11 games.