New York Rangers waive 6 and assign 4 players to AHL Wolf Pack
As the NHL window for waiving players opened on Thursday afternoon at 2 pm Eastern, momentum has started to gather across the league over the waiver wire.
Four of the players being waived were competing for roles as forwards with the Rangers; two of the players were competing for roles as defensemen.
It is anticipated that should all these players pass through waivers, they will be assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack and begin training camp with the AHL team.
Contractual status of the players being waived
Riley Nash, a 34-year-old center, is earning a salary of $775,000 and his cap hit is $775,000 for the 2023-24 season. He was signed to a two-year deal by the Rangers and will be a UFA after the 2024-2025 season.
Connor Mackey is a 27-year-old defenseman earning a salary of $775,000 with a $775,000 cap hit for the 2023-2024 season. Signed by the Rangers to a one-year contract, he will be a UFA after the current season.
Ty Emberson is a 23-year-old defenseman earning a salary of $775,000 with a $775,000 cap hit for the 2023-2024 season. Signed by the Rangers to a one-year deal, he will be a RFA after the present season.
Turner Elson, a 31-year-old left wing, is earning a salary of $775,00 with a $762,000 cap hit for the 2023-2024 season. Elson was signed by the Rangers in 2022 to a two-year deal with an AAV of $762,000 for each year. He will be a UFA at the end of the current season.
Anton Blidh is a 28-year-old right- and left-winger earning a salary of $775,000 with a $775,000 cap hit for the 2023-2024 season. Signed by the Rangers to a two-year contract, he will be a UFA after the 2024-2025 season.
Alex Belzile is 32-year-old center and right-winger earning a salary of $775,000 with a $775,000 cap hit for the 2023-2024 season. He was signed by the Rangers to a two-year deal and will be a UFA after the 2024-2025 season.
Said Blueshirts head coach Peter Laviolette after today’s practice sessions, “At some point we gotta have moves; you can’t keep having split groups and you can’t keep practicing [that way], so at some point — like in every training camp — there’ll be moves being made, and yeah, we’re gonna make moves.”
Further moves made by the New York Rangers today
In addition to waiving six players who’d been participating in training camp today, Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced a number of other moves to trim the training camp roster.
Nikolas Brouillard, Karl Henriksson, Ryder Korczak, and Bobby Trivigno have been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Blake Hillman has been released from his PTO and will also report to Hartford Training Camp. In addition, the Rangers have released Adam Clendening from his PTO.
Per the Rangers press release, 41 players remain in Training Camp. The roster breakdown is listed below:
Forwards (24): Alex Belzile, Brett Berard, Anton Blidh, Nick Bonino, Jonny Brodzinski, Filip Chytil, Will Cuylle, Adam Edstrom, Turner Elson, Barclay Goodrow, Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere, Jake Leschyshyn, Riley Nash, Brennan Othmann, Artemi Panarin, Tyler Pitlick, Matt Rempe, Adam Sykora, Vincent Trocheck, Jimmy Vesey, Blake Wheeler, Mika Zibanejad
Defensemen (13): Ty Emberson, Adam Fox, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Harpur, Mac Hollowell, Zac Jones, Ryan Lindgren, Connor Mackey, K’Andre Miller, Matthew Robertson, Brandon Scanlin, Braden Schneider, Jacob Trouba
Goaltenders (4): Louis Domingue, Dylan Garand, Jonathan Quick, Igor Shesterkin
The roster is actually trimmed down to 35 once players mentioned earlier clear or are claimed from waivers.
Of this group, the Blueshirts will make their ultimate selections for the 23-man roster by opening day.