Rangers Announce Roster Moves and Injuries

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The Rangers announced that they have called up defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and forward Daniel Catenacci from the Hartford Wolf Pack.

With Marc Staal already injured, there was a thought that the Rangers would bring up another defenseman for their west coast trip, which begins in Colorado on Saturday. But that thought was turned into action when it was announced that Kevin Shattenkirk has a torn meniscus that will require surgery.

It would appear that Shattenkirk suffered the injury in last night’s 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, although Steve Zipay reports that Shattenkirk has been getting knee treatments all season.

DeAngelo, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in the Derek Stepan trade, appeared in eight games with the Rangers at the start of the season. The New Jersey native registered just a single assist in those eight games and was a -4. While with the Wolf Pack, DeAngelo has produced 13 points (2G, 11A) in his 29 games with the club.

DeAngelo has a very similar skill set to Shattenkirk. Both are right-handed offensive-minded defensemen who like to jump into the rush and create in the offensive zone. DeAngelo has the ability to run a power play as well, where he has scored the bulk of his NHL points, registering 11 out of his 15 career NHL points on the man-advantage. Shattenkirk will be missed from the Rangers lineup, but hopefully, Tony D can come in and provide a similar game for Alain Vigneault’s squad.

“It’s tough. I think thinking about this year, you want everything to go perfectly. I think I’ve been trying to battle through this for a lot of reasons and when it came down to it … you have to think about yourself. I think this is the first step to get back to where I am and come back and have a meaningful impact on this team down the stretch.” – Kevin Shattenkirk/NY Rangers

As for Catenacci, the 24-year-old has ten points (2G, 8A) in 23 games this season. Catenacci was acquired from Buffalo for defenseman Mat Bodie back in February in a minor-league swap.

Finally, the Rangers announced that they have assigned Lias Andersson to Hartford from his Swedish club team, Frölunda HC. 

Andersson shined for team Sweden in the World Junior Championships, posting seven points (6G, 1A) and one medal-toss that has gone viral. Andersson played through a separated shoulder during the tournament and remained in the United States to undergo evaluation from the Rangers medical team. Andersson was loaned to Frölunda HC at the end of training camp, where he has 18 points (9G, 9A) split between the SHL and Champions Hockey League.