Rangers Make First Roster Cuts

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The Rangers announced today that they have started to trim their roster ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The team said that they have sent forwards Robin Kovacs and Adam Chapie back to Hartford, along with defenseman Brendan Kotyk. They have sent forwards Tim Gettinger and Ty Ronning back to their respective CHL (Juniors) teams.

None of these players being cut should be much of a surprise. Gettinger and Ronning will continue their development and should compete for roster spots next year if they continue progressing. Kovacs had just 12 points in 72 games last year, and wouldn’t have made this year’s Rangers squad. Chapie split time between the ECHL affiliate Greeneville Swamp Rabbits and the Wolf Pack, putting up 16 points in 48 games. Kotyk was signed out of the NCAA to an AHL contract, and given the Rangers bevy of young defensemen, he was never going to be considered for this year’s squad.

The Rangers roster is now down to 49, including the six goalies that the team has brought to camp. Barring an injury, the four goalies should be excused from training camp relatively soon. The biggest battles will be for the last two spots on the blue line and finding the right guys for the bottom six.

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