The Rangers have announced that Alex Belzile, Anton Blidh, Turner Elson, Connor Mackey, and Riley Nash cleared waivers and have been sent to Hartford.
Adam Sykora was also sent to Hartford.
3:12 PM: Lescshyshyn has been placed on waivers. (Johnston)
Forwards (19): Brett Berard, Nick Bonino, Jonny Brodzinski, Filip Chytil, Will Cuylle, Adam Edstrom, Barclay Goodrow, Kaapo Kakko, Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere, Jake Leschyshyn, Brennan Othmann, Artemi Panarin, Tyler Pitlick, Matt Rempe, Vincent Trocheck, Jimmy Vesey, Blake Wheeler, Mika Zibanejad
Defensemen (11): Adam Fox, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Harpur, Mac Hollowell, Zac Jones, Ryan Lindgren, K’Andre Miller, Matthew Robertson, Brandon Scanlin, Braden Schneider, Jacob Trouba
Goaltenders (4): Louis Domingue, Dylan Garand, Jonathan Quick, Igor Shesterkin
Adam Rotter: The Rangers have tonight against the Islanders and then games on Wednesday, against NJ, and Thursday against Boston. With the back-to-backs I’m not sure how many cuts will be made between now and Wednesday, but the Rangers should be down to their Opening Night roster by next weekend. I’d assume that Dylan Garand and Louis Domingue will be sent down before Wednesday and that Igor Shesterkin and Jonathan Quick will each get one of the final two games.
There are three or four cuts to still be made on defense, with Matthew Robertson, Mac Hollowell and Brandon Scanlin likely locks. Ben Harpur is also most likely to be cut and sent to Hartford, leaving the Rangers with seven and Zac Jones most likely as the spare since he likely wouldn’t clear waivers.
Up front, Adam Edstrom and Brett Berard could go down before Wednesday, leaving the Rangers with 17. Matt Rempe won’t make the team, but I’d love to see him stay, get some more time and then go down with the final cuts. Then we’ll see what happens with Tyler Pitlick, Jonny Brodzinski,
and Jake Leschyshyn and who gets to stick in the 12/13 role. The final two forwards are certainly the most interesting in Cuylle and Othmann. Both have been impressive at times and there is a top-nine spot potentially available. My guess is that Cuylle would have the edge because he has a year in the AHL already, but Othmann hasn’t looked out of place so far. I was pretty sure neither were going to make the team at the start of the preseason, but I’m starting to think that one of them could actually end up on the third line.