Rangers Roundup: Morgan Barron and Tarmo Reunanen up, Brett Howden lost for season, and Lauri Pajuniemi signs ELC

By Anthony Scultore
Mar 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Tarmo Reunanen #51 of the New York Rangers skates in his first NHL game against Scott Laughton #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on March 15, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers announced today that Brett Howden will miss the remainder of the season with a foot fracture. Chris Kreider and Ryan Lindgren did not practice today; both are listed as day-to-day.

Rangers call up both Morgan Barron and Tarmo Reunanen

The Rangers due to injury concerns have called up forward Morgan Barron and defenseman Tarmo Reunanen for the remainder of the season. Per the team’s website:

Barron, 22, has skated in 21 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 20 penalty minutes. He has recorded a point in 17 of Hartford’s 21 games in 2020-21, including a goal in nine of those contests. Barron is tied for third among AHL rookies in goals and is tied for sixth among AHL rookies in points this season. In addition, he is tied for second in the AHL in power play goals (six) in 2020-21. Barron leads Hartford in goals, points, shots on goal (57), and plus/minus rating this season.

Reunanen, 23, has skated in 21 AHL games with Hartford this season, registering four goals and 13 assists for 17 points. He leads the Wolf Pack in assists and is tied for second on the team in points in 2020-21, and his 17 points are also the most among Hartford defensemen. Reunanen is tied for third among AHL defensemen in points and is tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in assists this season. He has tallied a point in eight of the last 11 games, and he has recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) over the span.

I wrote yesterday that the playoff chase would likely keep Barron out, but with their loss yesterday and a Boston win they are all but eliminated officially. Expect both to debut Saturday against the Islanders.

Lauri Pajuniemi signs his ELC

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Lauri Pajuniemi scores (Teemu Saarinen)

When asked about his future, Pajumiemi was straightforward. “Somewhere other than in Finland,” Pajuniemi said to Iltalehti. “At some point, these issues will be resolved. I will probably not continue in Finland.” His contract with TPS expires this summer and one team that he’s been attached to is another Liiga team in Lukko.

“There has been no concrete negotiation with Lukko,” the fifth round selection said about the TPS rival. “Yes my goal is to take the next step in my career. Of course, I do not rule out Rangers. In addition to KHL and SHL, everyone is interested.”

The Rangers obviously heard Lauri loud and clear and inked him to his ELC yesterday.

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