Goaltenders Player C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Kari Lehtonen L 6'02.5 178 11/16/83 Helsinki Jokerit Helsinki Eligible 02 Ari Ahonen L 6'02 179 02/06/81 Jyväskylä IFK Helsinki NJ 99 Defensemen Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Markku Paukkunen L 6'01 190 04/15/81 Kuopio JYP Jyväskylä Not drafted Harri Tikkanen L 5'09 163 06/02/81 Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta Not drafted Lasse Kukkonen L 6'00 185 09/18/81 Oulu Kärpät Oulu Not drafted Janne Niskala L 6'00.5 190 09/22/81 Västerås Lukko Rauma (jrs.) Not drafted Tuukka Mäntylä L 5'09.5 172 05/25/81 Tampera Tappara Tampera Not drafted Olli Malmivaara L 6'04.5 205 03/13/82 Kajaani Jokerit Helsinki CHI 00 Tero Määttä L 6'01.5 205 01/02/82 Vantaa Blues Espoo SJ 00 Forwards Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000/2001 Team Drafted Mikko Koivu L 6'02 176 03/12/83 Turku TPS Turku Eligible 01 Ville Hämäläinen L 5'11.5 187 07/06/81 Lappeenranta SaiPa Lappeenranta Not drafted Sami Venäläinen R 5'11.5 179 10/14/81 Kangasala Tappara Tampera PHX 00 Miro Laitinen L 5'10.5 179 01/01/81 Pietarsaari Tappara Tampera Not drafted Tomi Mustonen R 5'11 176 04/29/82 Jokela KJT Järvenpää (Div 1) Not drafted Juha-Pekka Hyt Read more»
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»