Rangers Make Two Roster Moves
The Rangers have announced this morning that they have assigned Filip Chytil to the Hartford Wolfpack and have released Andrew Desjardins from his professional tryout.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2017
Filip Chytil exceeded all expectations in pre-season has received little ice-time so far this season. Chytil, who has played in two games so far this season has notched zero goals and assists while taking one minor penalty. Chytil through two games is a minus two. He averaged 5 minutes of ice-time in his two games this season.
The Rangers were advised by Brad Richards to sign Andrew Desjardins to a professional tryout. Desjardins, the 31year-old had a sub-par pre-season receiving a two-game suspension for hitting New Jersey forward Miles Wood in the head.
These moves come as no
surprise. Coach Alain Vigneault has not favored Filip Chytil when it comes to ice-time and Andrew Desjardins would never have beaten David Desharnais for the fourth-line center responsibilities.
But when it comes to Chytil, there is the added wrinkle of his entry-level contract. The current CBA states, according to CapFriendly, that a player who is 18 or 19 years of age must play in ten NHL games (regular season and playoffs combined) in order to burn the first year of his ELC. Given the way he has been used thus far by AV, sending him somewhere where he can play consistently is very important. Most thought he’d be sent back to the Czech Extraliga, where he has familiarity and is comfortable. But considering that the Rangers wanted Chytil over fellow first-round pick Lias Andersson, keeping him around the organization makes a lot of sense. Chytil’s time in North America isn’t coming to an end just a week into the NHL season, and him being sent to Hartford means the Rangers may bring him back to Broadway soon.
AV wants coaches to evaluate Chytil with Pack this weekend, make another decision on him next week
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) October 10, 2017