The Rangers announced on Sunday afternoon that ten players have been recalled from the team's AHL affiliate Connecticut Whale, including a pair of first-round draft picks--2010 top pick Dylan McIlrath and 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller. However, of the ten players recalled by the Rangers only one, rugged forward Micheal Haley, will practice with the Blueshirts and travel with the team to Washington for the start of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The other nine with skate on their own as a Taxi Squad of Black Aces in case they are needed as the playoffs progress.
Haley appeared in 69 games with the Whale this season, scoring ten goals and totaling 23 points to go along with a +10 plus/minus mark. Haley led the team and ranked 14th in the American Hockey League with 170 penalty minutes. He also appeared in nine games with the Rangers this season, gaining praise from head coach John Tortorella for his strong and smart play. Haley, the former Islander, was scoreless in nine NHL games this season and accumulated 12 penalty minutes.
The rugged Haley joins Kris Newbury, who skated in the Rangers season finale Saturday against the Devils, as players recalled from the Whale who will practice---and perhaps play--- at the start of the playoffs with the Rangers.
The Rangers closed out the 2013 regular season without Ryane Clowe, who sat out Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, and Brian Boyle, who missed the final six games of the season due to injury. It is not yet known when either player will be available to return to action.
In addition Marc Staal has been sidelined since March 5th due to a frieghtening eye injury and Derek Dorsett has not played since being acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline as he recovers from a broken clavicle. However both players have been practicing and are both hopeful of returning to game action in the near future.
Along with McIlrath and Miller, the Rangers Taxi Squad will also consist of forwards Christian Thomas, Brandon Segal, Brandon Mashinter, and Ryan Bourque, defenseman Stu Bickel, and goalies Cam Talbot and Jason Missiaen.