The Rangers finally have made a move to help their defense defensively, but it did not come in form of a trade as many thought it would. Tomas Kloucek, a 6-3 220 pound 20 yr old defenseman, was recalled from Hartford on Sunday to patch up the Rangers defense. Kloucek played in 4 games with the Rangers earlier in the season, and he played a very steady, solid game and did not make any mental errors at all, as most rookies do. He registered no points and 2 penalty minutes while with the Rangers.
The Rangers have decided to give Kloucek a huge chance to prove how good he is, as they have him penciled in to play about 15 minutes tonight against the Florida Panthers at the garden. Before possibly making a trade, the Rangers want to experiment with the defenseman they already have to see if they can fix the problem with the players in their organization. If the stay-at-home defenseman Kloucek can not make much of a difference, than we will likely see a trade happen soon. However, the Christmas trade freeze takes place tomorrow, so any immediate deal will have to happen tonight.
To make room for Kloucek, the Rangers sent forward Manny Malhotra to Hartford. I think this is only temporary while Kloucek gets his chance to impress the management. They originally wanted to send Bert Robertsson down to Hartford, until they found out he would have to clear waivers. So with that, Malhotra was an option that they had to take. He should be recalled soon if Kloucek can’t cut it with the big club, or if Kloucek impresses and the Rangers move some bodies to get Manny back on the t Read more»
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Let us to see the roster containing 28 names:
Goalies Name Born Team League Drafted by Peter Budaj 18-09-1982 Toronto OHL - Peter Hamerlik 02-01-1982 Kingston OHL Pittsburgh Lubomir Pisar 04-02-1981 Martin Extraliga - Defensemen Name Born Team League Drafted by Miroslav Durak 09-06-1981 Sherbrooke QMJHL Nashville Stefan Fabian 10-02-1981 Kosice Extraliga - Ladisl Read more»