With only 12 forwards in training camp, and veteran Arron Asham unable to play Saturday night in Boston due to a league-imposed suspension that carried over from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Rangers recalled forward Brandon Segal from the Connecticut Whale on Thursday. Segal immediately joined his new teammates, taking part in both practices that were held, skating on a line with Jeff Halpern and Mike Rupp.
"I was real excited when I got the call last night," said Segal. "I think I have had a good first half to the year in Hartford and am looking forward to being here now."
In 38 games with the Whale this season Segal had scored nine goals and totaled 17 points to go along with 60 penalty minutes. He notched a shorthanded goal and posted a +3 rating in the Whale's 6-1 win over Portland last night before being called up by the Rangers.
Segal, who won the Calder Cup with Norfolk in the AHL a year ago, has 102 games of NHL experience, including ten last season with Tampa Bay. All told he has 11 goals and 22 points to go along with 83 penalty minutes for the Lightning, Kings, and Stars---where he was a teammate of Brad Richards.
"The thing that caught my eye the 8 or 9 games I watched him at Hartford is that he is really good along the wall," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said of the 29 year-old Segal. "He's been a good player for them. This guy deserves a chance, so we're hoping this isn't one and done. We're hoping he's part of our depth."
As for Segal, who had been hoping for another NHL opportunity while playing with the Whale, his approach is a simple one.
"I'm taking it day by day," said Segal. "I am prepared for anything."
Segal and his teammates will practice again Friday morning before taking an afternoon flight to Boston for Saturday's season opener against the Bruins.
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