Rangers Roundup: Di Giuseppe called up, Brooks calls out Andersson, DQ calls out refs
Heading into today’s division matchup with playoff implications against the Flyers, here’s the latest Blueshirts Buzz!
Di Giuseppe gets the call
With Lias Andersson refusing to report and wanting out of the Rangers organization, Phil Di Giuseppe has gotten the call. He may debut tonight if both Kaapo Kakko (ankle) and Filip Chytil (knee) can’t go.
The 26 year old is considered a power forward from the 2012 draft class. He has 9 goals and 17 points in 31 games for the Pack this season.
Brooks Calls Out Andersson
Larry Brooks didn’t pull any punches when it came to his opinion on what Lias Andersson did, in essence calling it a stunt.
The young man renowned for his leadership ability more than any singular on-ice skill did not only request a trade out of the organization, a reasonable ask, but also simply picked up and left the AHL Wolf Pack following that appeal. That’s quite a display of leadership, even for a frustrated 21-year-old, who is now under suspension by the Rangers. You can quibble about the amount of ice time he received…but you cannot quibble with the nature of Andersson’s unacceptable flight of fancy out of Hartford.Larry Brooks
The article further goes on to explore a possible trade with Nashville for Eeli Tolvanen. Regardless of him falling out of favor with the Predators, I don’t see them biting on a one for one for Andersson.
DQ Upset with Refs over Lemieux Reputation
I am currently working on a much larger piece about the travesty going on with NHL officials and Brendan Lemieux, but this quote from David Quinn yesterday is pretty damning.
“I know officiating is difficult, but I just wish he’d get treated a little bit differently than he has lately. I just want all of our players to be treated equal. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that way with him.”NY POST