The New York Rangers will be headed out on the road for the next three games, and have called up an extra forward for the trip, recalling Julien Gauthier. With Filip Chytil out for a little while, the team had just 12 healthy forwards on the active roster so have added another one for the time being.
There were also concerns about Mika Zibanejad and Vitali Kravtsov, who both looked to have suffered minor injuries during last night’s game, though neither one has been addressed by the team. The Rangers will start their trip with a visit to Belmont Park to face the New York Islanders, before heading to Dallas and Arizona on the weekend.
Gauthier, 25, has scored twice in four games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season after clearing waivers earlier this month, and appears to have lost all of the prospect shine he once had. The big, fast winger has shown flashes of brilliance over the years but lacks any kind of offensive consistency needed to become a top-nine regular in the NHL. In 49 games last season with the Rangers he scored just three goals and seven points, and it’s hard to see him becoming an impact player with them at this point.
Still, he is a nice depth piece to bring up for injury insurance as the team tries to right the ship. After a strong start, the Rangers have lost three in a row including a 5-1 defeat against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a divisional opponent.