As I correctly predicted in my article yesterday, Vitali Yeremeyev was re-assigned to the minors today because of the pickup of veteran goaltender Guy Hebert. Hopefully Yeremeyev can continue his great success in the AHL and work on a few things in his game and improve while he is down there.
The move I didn’t see coming is that the Rangers sent down forward Jeff Ulmer, and called up Michal Grosek. Grosek was sent down in mid-February after the Rangers were unhappy with his lackluster play. Grosek has been on fire in the minors, registering 8 goals and 7 assists in 11 games for the Wolf Pack. I’m not sure whether the Rangers have plans to bring Ulmer back this season, but he sure did impress me in the 13 games that he played, tallying 3 goals. All his goals came from right in front of the net, a spot where the Rangers forwards have seemed to stay away from this season, aside from Adam Graves. I hope Ulmer gets re-called in a couple of games, but if he doesn’t, he’ll have a good opportunity to make the team full-time next season.
As for the Rangers also sending down defenseman Mike Mottau, this was expected. Mottau was called up because of some injuries on the blue-line, but he didn’t dress in any games. The Rangers want him to gain some experience in the AHL playoffs as the Wolf Pack try to win a second straight Calder cup.
These next few days will be interesting as the trade deadline approaches. I would like to see a couple of moves, but I’m gonna be one mad man if the Rangers deal any of their young gems for has-beens like Keith Tkachuk. Stay tuned..
Notebook — 3/7/2001
Utah Grizzlies Notes
The Utah Grizzlies are presently mired in a long, so far winless, road trip (0-2-1) that
doesn’t end until three games from now in Chicago (on Sunday). Coach Bourne had publically stated that he expected a
big pick up from the team, given the recent seasoned NHL additions: Roman Lyashenko
and Tyler Bouck. Unfortunately, though Bouck and Lyashenko provided a little offense
in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Aeros, the Grizzlies continued their four game losing
In one interesting Hitchcock-esque move from the game, however, Coach Bourne placed
Richard Jackman (one of the hottest, most dominant players on the Grizzlies) at a
forward wing position for the 3rd period — sparking two additional Utah goals in the 3rd.
Jackman, though he has yet to make his mark as a solid NHL player, has been one of the best
Grizzlies this year in the 40 games he has played, averaging about a point every two games
as a defenseman. Furthermore, defensive coach Craig Ludwig continues to rave about how
solid Jackman has become behind his own blue line.