Rangers Roundup: Bitetto and Kinkaid clear waivers sent to Hartford; no player is expected to opt-out, and more

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Mar 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Keith Kinkaid #71 of the New York Rangers prepares to tend net against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, the New York Rangers placed six players on waivers. Defenseman Anthony Bitetto and goaltender Keith Kinkaid were the two most prominent names on the list. Additionally, Jonny Brodzinski, Tim Gettinger, Anthony Greco, and Ty Ronning were also placed on waivers.

Today, all players have cleared.

Rangers players clear waivers

There was a chance that a team would possibly claim either Kinkaid or Bitetto off waivers, but that means the Blueshirts can send them down to Hartford after this weekend.

So what does placing them on waivers mean to the roster?

Alexandar Georgiev was rumored to be on the trade block but it’s safe to say he’s no longer available. On defense, Jarred Tinordi has the leg up on the 7th defenseman spot. He will be playing with Nils Lundkvist in tonight’s game

Update: Rangers have assigned all six players to Hartford. Roster is now trimmed to 34.

Remaining players in camp listed below:

Forwards (18): Morgan Barron, Sammy Blais, Filip Chytil, Will Cuylle, Julien Gauthier, Barclay Goodrow, Dryden Hunt, Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere, Greg McKegg, Lauri Pajuniemi, Artemi Panarin, Ryan Reaves, Kevin Rooney, Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad

Defensemen (12): Adam Fox, Mason Geertsen, Libor Hajek, Zac Jones, Ryan Lindgren, Nils Lundkvist, K’Andre Miller, Patrik Nemeth, Matthew Robertson, Braden Schneider, Jarred Tinordi, Jacob Trouba

Goaltenders (4): Alexandar Georgiev, Adam Huska, Igor Shesterkin, Tyler Wall

The Rangers hit the road for the first time this preseason when they face the New Jersey Devils, tonight at 7:00 PM, at Prudential Center.

Opt-out deadline

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Apr 10, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; A view of the NHL logo on an official game puck as it rolls across the ice during a stop in play in the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the deadline for a player to opt-out of the 2021-22 NHL Season. Any player opting out will need to do so in writing by 5:00 PM ET.

As of today, there’s been no indication that any member of the Rangers will be opting-out. Per the league’s COVID protocol policy:

A Player subject to an SPC that includes the 2021-22 Season who (i) is Unvaccinated; or (ii) is Fully Vaccinated but can establish that an immediate family member (i.e., spouse, partner or child) with whom he shares a household is at substantially heightened risk of severe illness by contracting COVID-19 shall be entitled to opt out of play in the 2021-22 Season by notifying his Club of his intention to do so (with a copy to the NHL and the NHLPA pursuant to CBA Exhibit 3) by no later than October 1, 2021. Written notice from a Player of his decision to opt out of the 2021-22 Season is irrevocable and may only be given within the window provided herein.

A player who opts out will not be paid. One possible player who may opt-out is Travis Hamonic of the Vancouver Canucks.

NHL Rumors

The Canucks are close to signing their RFA’s. Strome not worried about trade talks, and more. Read here.