News on Lundmark, Mottau and Purinton

By Brandon LeBourveau
Some more moves have been made by the Rangers, as this has been a very
exciting week in New York. With the trade of Quintal to Chicago for Grosek
and Brown yesterday, the Rangers roster got a little bigger and they needed
to make some moves.

Defensemen Mike Mottau and Dale Purinton were both assigned to Hartford
of the AHL yesterday, with Purinton being sent there on a 2 week conditioning
stint. Purinton can’t be sent to Hartford without passing through waivers, so
the Rangers just sent him there for 2 weeks while they possibly try and trade
another defenseman to make room for him on the pro club. I really thought
Mottau played well in the 6 games he played. He will definitely get called up
and play in New York this season, but for now the Rangers’ roster is loaded
and he’ll get some time to develop in Hartford. He should get loads of ice
time, and the Rangers management will be keeping a close eye on him. Purinton
should be on the Rangers as well, but there’s a log jam at defense. Either
the Rangers will have to trade another defenseman to make room for Purinton,
or, they’ll have to trade Purinton. But it’s most likely they won’t trade the
rough-and-tough Purinton.

In other news, Jamie Lundmark has stated publicly that he will not report
to Moose Jaw of the WHL. He wants to be traded from Moose Jaw to a contender,
and he’s sitting at home while he’s waiting for a trade. This is the wrong
thing to do in my opinion. I can’t argue with the fact he has asked to be
traded, but he still should report to Moose Jaw and play some games while
he’s waiting for a trade. Sitting at home is going to do absolutely nothing
for him. I’m kind of hoping he gets traded to the Calgary Hitmen, which is
the same team other Rangers’ top prospect Pavel Brendl plays for. Brendl and
Lundmark could work on some chemistry in Calgary and then have that carry
over to the Rangers next season. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. I’m
out of here for now but keep checking back to Hockeysfuture for future