Jan 22: Brodzinski has cleared waivers, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The Rangers are free to re-assign him to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
Jan 21: The Rangers have been shuffling around their fourth line all season and it appears another change could be forthcoming as NorthStar Bets’ Chris Johnston reports (Twitter link) that they’ve placed winger Jonny Brodzinski on waivers.
This is the second time that the 29-year-old has been on the waiver wire this season having also been there at the end of training camp. Brodzinski cleared at that time and spent most of the first two months of the year with AHL Hartford where he picked up two goals and seven assists in 17 games. He was recalled in early December and has basically been up since then, seeing action in 16 games with the big club, notching a goal and an assist in a little over nine minutes of playing time per game. Having played in more than 10 games, he needs to clear waivers again before he can rejoin the Wolf Pack.
Brodzinski is in the first season of a two-year, two-way deal worth the NHL minimum in both seasons, good for a cap hit of $762.5K. He has seen NHL action in each of the last seven years spanning 100 games along the way. New York didn’t need to waive him as they had an open roster spot already but if he passes through unclaimed on Sunday, it will allow them to send Brodzinski down or at least shuffle him back and forth a bit to bank some extra cap space heading into the trade deadline in early March.
4th line: Blais, Goodrow, Vesey. Leave it alone and look away. At some point it would be nice to see them call in Othmann.
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JB has that quality SCSU glory to fall back on as he transitions to the lumber yard.