New York Rangers place Julien Gauthier on IR, recall Ryan Carpenter

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Jan 12, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Julien Gauthier (12) and New York Rangers left wing Sammy Blais (91) lay on the ice after colliding with each other during the first period against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are limping into to their Sunday late afternoon tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.

Julien Gauthier was already ruled out with an upper-body with the team announcing he will be placed on injured reserve. A stint on the IR list means he’ll be out at least a minimum of seven days.

In response, the Blueshirts have called up Ryan Carpenter from the Hartford Wolf Pack. With Chris Kreider doubtful to play today and both Artemi Panarin and Vitali Kravtsov missing practice with the stomach flu, this move was necessary.

Julien Gauthier on IR, Rangers make call up

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Gauthier was injured in the first period against the Stars after an accidental collision with Sammy Blais. The 25 year-old has 9 points in 32 matches this season.

Jake Leschyshyn, whom the Rangers claimed off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights will make his debut on Sunday versus the Habs.

“A huge opportunity to prove myself again,” Leschyshyn said on Saturday. “I’m just trying to bring some energy to this team. Be a good two-way center or winger, wherever they throw me and bring good compete to this team.”

Leschyshyn, 23, has no points in 22 games this season.

Carpenter, 31, registered just one goal and two assists in 21 games this season before clearing waivers and being sent down in early December. Over the summer, he signed a one year contract as an unrestricted free agent for league minimum ($750,000).

The rugged center played for head coach Gerard Gallant in Vegas for two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). He had the best year of his career under Gallant by scoring 18 points in 68 games (2018-19) but struggled more often than not this year.

However, the veteran has done an excellent job since joining the Pack. In 15 games, Carpenter has 9 goals and 13 points. That’s good for 6th on the team in scoring, 6 points behind Turner Elson, who has played in 35 contests.

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