Report: Rangers won’t play Braden Schneider or Ryan Carpenter for cap purposes

The New York Rangers want to bring in Patrick Kane as soon as possible. According to multiple reports, defenseman Braden Schneider and forward Ryan Carpenter are not expected to take a shift in today’s game versus the Los Angeles Kings.

After one period of play, neither has stepped on the ice. Rangers lead 1-0 on an Alexis Lafreniere goal.

Per PuckPedia, by not playing either player and sending Schneider down to the Wolf Pack (paper transaction) on Monday and Tuesday, it will accrue enough cap space to finalize the Patrick Kane deal by Wednesday.

However, K’Andre Miller was assessed a match penalty for spitting on Drew Doughty effectively bringing the Rangers to four defensemen with two period left.

We will update this article if anything changes.

The Rangers and Blackhawks are believed to have the parameters of a deal in place for Kane. A third party is also in place.

Update: Ryan Carpenter has taken a shift. Braden Schneider has not even though K’Andre Miller has been ejected.

Note: For clarification, the Rangers intend on sending Schneider and Carpenter down, which can’t be done if they are injured. Keeping them on the bench is for caution.

Rangers working on cap space

Ryan Lindgren
Feb 25, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) leaves the ice after being injured against the Washington Capitals in the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers began opening up cap space when they waived Jake Leschyshyn and traded Vitali Kravtsov to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Earlier today, Gerard Gallant updated Ryan Lindgren’s injury by saying he didn’t think it was serious and is day-to-day.

Also today, Leschyshyn was loaned to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers called up Ryan Carpenter, who is not expected to take a shift for cap purposes. Also the Rangers sent down William Lockwood to the Wolf Pack. He was acquired from the Canucks along with a seventh-round pick for Kravtsov.

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