Defender Richard Lintner acquired from Nashville for former “diamond in the rough” Petr Smrek on March 19. Litner a puck moving defender registered solid offensive totals last season in Modo, normally a league where the defenseman gain few points. Litner registered 12 goals and 21 points and added an impressive 85 pims. The 215 pounder also skated for Trencin in the Slovakian league adding two snipes in 16 games.
Lintner at 6-3 is a big rugged european defender with a fluid skating style and has soft hands. His willing to get his nose dirty and play tough in front of the net allows him to perhaps more easily adapt to the North American game where physical play is more of the rule. Lintner has an outside shot at playing at the no.6-7 d-position in New York this season and will likely see time in Hartford of the American League in order to continue honing his skills.
With the Rangers already being “overloaded” with puck moving defenders it appears undersized Mike Mottau maybe on the way out. Mottau has some value and the Rangers may be able to pry another clubs 3rd-4th grinding winger. Stay tuned as the Rangers roster with d-quarterbacks Brian Leetch, Tom Poti, Vlad. Malakhov, is set, the greatest need is for a stay at home defender which Mottau is not. Mottau along with Tutin and Lintner will compete for the last spots on the roster. Dale Purinton is likely to have one of the remaining spots and can play 4th line wing as well (ala.Rudy Poeschek).
Lintner originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 4th round of the 96 Entry Draft has registered 4 goals and 14 points along with 44pims in his NHL career. Lintner has also spent time in the American League with Springfield and in the “old” IHL with Milwaukee.