Wolf Pack get back players after Rangers elimination

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As expected, the New York Rangers announced the reassignments of goalie Louis Domingue, defenseman Libor Hajek, along with forwards Jonny Brodzinski and Jake Leschyshyn to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Blueshirts called up those players to load up for what they hoped was a long postseason run. However, the New Jersey Devils spoiled those Cups dreams with a thorough 4-0 beating in Game 7 on Monday night.

Wolf Pack gets players back

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Jonny Brodzinski played 17 contests this year with the Rangers recording a goal and an assist. After being sent back down to the Pack in January, he went on a scoring tear to push the team to their first Calder Cup playoffs appearance since 2015. He finished the AHL season as the Pack’s leading scorer with 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 47 matches.

Jake Leschyshyn was claimed off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights in January and played a solid fourth line center role for 13 games. He did not register a point in those contests but showed his offensive skills for the Pack. In 18 games with Hartford, the 24 year-old notched 5 goals and 10 assists.

Libor Hajek has been in the Rangers organization since coming over from the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the Ryan McDonagh blockbuster deal in 2018. The 25 year-old blue line played in 16 games for the big club this year and recorded a goal. He registered 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 24 AHL games.

Finally, goalie Louis Domingue impressed the Rangers with his gutsy performance first-round to push the series to 7 games last season. Tristan Jarry returned from injury in the final game which Artemi Panarin scored in OT to propel the Blueshirts on. The 31 year-old veteran was a big reason for the Pack ending their playoff drought posting a 22-12-8 record. He also finished with a 2.51 GAA and a .911 save percentage with 4 shutouts.

The Hartford Wolf Pack currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Providence Bruins in their best-of-three series. They will have a chance to advance to the third-round on Wednesday night at the XL Center. Face-off is scheduled for 7.00 pm.

Tanner Fritz leads all Pack players in playoff scoring with 1 goal, and 5 assists for 6 points through 4 games. The additions, especially Brodzinski will help Hartford’s offense tremendously.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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