Coming off a 4-0 loss in New Jersey less than 24 hours prior, the Rangers recalled 2009 first rounder Chris Kreider from the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, one of five player transactions made by the team. Along with Kreider, the Rangers also recalled rugged forward Brandon Mashinter and goaltender Cam Talbot, while sending veteran forward Darroll Powe and goalie Jason Missiaen back down to Hartford.
The 22 year-old Kreider started the season with Hartford and appeared in all six games the Wolf Pack have played to date. He scored a pair of goals and totaled four points to go along with 16 penalty minutes and a minus-one plus/minus rating in Hartford. In his first season as a professional a year ago, Kreider split the campaign between the minor leagues and the NHL, scoring two goals and three points in 23 games with the Rangers. He added a goal---the overtime winner against the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals--and an assist in eight post-season games with the Blueshirts, as well.
With Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, and Carl Hagelin all sidelined due to injury---and the team having scored only 11 goals in seven games so far---Kreider will be looked upon to provide an offensive spark for the Rangers.
Mashinter---who had five assists and seven penalty minutes in six games with Hartford this season---will add size and a physical presence to the Blueshirts lineup, something that will be needed when the Rangers skate against the Flyers down in Philadelphia this upcoming Thursday. Last year the 25 year-old Mashinter appeared in four games with the Rangers after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks organization, where he had 13 games of prior NHL experience.
In the AHL last season Mashinter totaled 96 penalty minutes, 21 shy of his career-high set in 2009-10 with Worcester.
After being sent back down to Hartford and backstopping a pair of wins for the Wolf Pack, Talbot returns to back up Henrik Lundqvist this upcoming week. On the season Talbot is 4-0-1 in five starts with Hartford. He has a 2.49 goals against average and .924 save percentage to date, and made 39 saves in Saturday's 3-2 win over Providence.
Kreider, Mashinter, and Talbot will join the team when the Rangers return to practice Monday morning at the MSG Training Center.