Monday, December 21, 2009

Gilroy recalled, Sangs/Heineken to Hartford

In more of a cap move than anything due to the holiday roster freeze, the Rangers sent down Bobby Sanguinetti and Ilkka Heikkinen to Hartford following Saturday's win over Philly on Blizzard Day, recalling Matt Gilroy for tonight's game in Raleigh. Sangs and Heineken saw limited minutes in their pair (both NYR wins) as John Tortorella worked each in with effect. Of the two, we liked what we saw from the Finn, who is worth another look. Especially if it means replacing Mr. Kleenex. For at least tonight, looks like Wade Redden gets a reprieve to show Tort what he can do after their well documented shouting match at The Coliseum. Okay Tinman. Prove it on the ice. Hey. Michal Rozsival has lately. Just saying.

For Gilroy, it's an opportunity to get back into the coach's good graces. The last time we saw him, he was getting abused by Dustin Byfuglien for the OT winner in Chicago. In five games with the Wolf Pack, the former Hobey Baker winner tallied four assists in five games. In 30 contests with the Blueshirts, he has four goals and two helpers along with 19 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating.

Following tonight's RBC visit versus the Candy Canes, the Rangers return home to host the Panthers Wednesday and the Islanders Saturday a day after Christmas.

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