Rangers Roundup: Shesterkin to Hartford, Kreider to ASG
The latest news and buzz around the Blueshirts on Igor Shesterkin and Chris Kreider.
Shesterkin to Hartford
Contrary to what was written on the site yesterday by yours truly, the Rangers have in fact sent goaltender Igor Shesterkin to Hartford, along with forward Phil di Giuseppe. It should be noted that the headline should’ve read Shesterkin will not be sent down to play in the AHL All Star Game.
With the Rangers being off until they face the Red Wings on the 31st, Shesterkin will be able to get some game action with the Wolf Pack before he is likely recalled.
Kreider replaces Panarin
Chris Kreider will be replacing his teammate Artemiy Panarin at the NHL’s All-Star festivities this weekend.
Panarin, who missed Monday’s practice and Tuesday night’s loss against the Islanders, is dealing with what David Quinn called an upper-body injury. This has been a nagging issue for Panarin over the last few days, which the head coach mentioned in his postgame press conference following last night’s defeat, and the team felt it would be better to allow Panarin to rest up for the final 2.5 months of the regular season.
“He’s had an upper-body issue and we were kind of 50-50 throughout the afternoon (about) whether he was going to play,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “By the end, it just seemed like the right thing to do.”Vince Mercogliano/Lohud
As for Kreider, the 28-year-old forward will be headed to the All-Star Game for the first time in his eight year career. Kreider has registered 31 points (16G, 15A) in 47 games this season, ranking him fifth on the team in scoring.