The Rangers assigned eight players to the Connecticut Whale on Friday afternoon, including veteran forward Kris Newbury (pictured), who has appeared in 18 NHL games with the Rangers over the past two seasons. In addition to Newbury the Rangers assigned forwards Chad Kolarik, Michael Haley, Tommy Grant, and Brandon Segal and defensemen Sean Collins, Logan Pyett, and Mike Vernace to the club's minor league AHL affiliate.
The 30 year-old Newbury, who has appeared in 66 career games at the NHL level for the Maple Leafs, Red Wings, and Rangers, scored a career-high 25 goals and tallied a career-best 64 points in 65 games with the Whale a year ago. He also saw action in seven games with the Rangers without recording a point. Newabury saw action in 11 games with the Rangers the year before, in 2010-11, and notched one assist.
Kolarik, a 26 year-old former University of Michigan standout, missed all of last season due to knee surgery. Two years ago, after being acquired by the Rangers from Columbus, Kolarik recorded 17 goals and 31 points in 34 games with the Whale, while notching one assist in four games with the Blueshirts.
The rugged Haley, a 26 year old enforcer, was signed as a free agent by the Rangers this summer after spending the past six years with the New York Islanders organization. Haley has appeared in 43 National Hockey League games and totaled 151 penalty minutes, while also scoring a pair of goals. With Bridgeport of the AHL a year ago Haley established career-highs with 15 goals and 25 points in 51 games, while also amassing 125 penalty minutes.
The Whale, coached by former Ranger Ken Gernander, open training camp in two weeks.