Ville Meskanen has been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract. (Cap Friendly)
Meskanen was signed by the Rangers in May of 2018 to a two-year entry level contract.
He has 0 goals and 4 assists in 20 games for Hartford this season after scoring 12 goals and 22 assists in 70 games last season.
Meskanen was signed along with Swedish forward Michael Lindqvist and Lindqvist played 16 games in Hartford last season before terminating his contract and returning to Sweden.
He was slated to be an RFA at the end of the season and was one of the first players cut from training camp.
Adam Rotter: Meskanen was part of the first way of players the Rangers brought in as the rebuild was in the early stages. When you sign players like Meskanen you hope you are bringing in either an undervalued or late developing player that might be hitting their stride. Sometimes it works, like Mats Zuccarello, and other times those guys never make it out of the minors. It’s similar to when the Rangers sign undrafted college or junior players every spring. It’s a bit of a crapshoot and while Meskanen surely could have forced his way into the equation with a strong camp or strong start in Hartford, the Rangers kept adding players that fit above him on the depth chart. Meskanen can return to Europe and the Rangers will get a spot on their 50-contract list back that they could use to add at the trade deadline.