Jesse Spector tweets that a reason Del Zotto could have been called up is the Whale doesn't play again until Friday and the Rangers just want him up for practice.
...that makes sense. Still doesn't explain Grachev. I do like they're giving the kid another chance, I just hope, as I said below it's not on the fourth line. Unfortunately, if they do give him a chance on a top two line it probably means back to the fourth line for Avery.
...h/t to sarcasmpucktail.
Newyorkrangers.com reports that the Rangers have recalled Michael Del Zotto, and forwards Kris Newbury and Evgeny Grachev from the CT Whale.
...got to say I'm shocked to see both Del Zotto and Grachev back. Assuming the Rangers aren't 100% sure Girardi will be ready to go on Tuesday against the Pens. Can't think of any other reason he'd be back up as Torts kept reminding us that Del Zotto was only up before the All Star break because of the Girardi injury and that he still needed to be with the Whale.
...as far as Grachev goes, I know he's been on a hot streak lately (seven goals in five games) but unless they plan on putting him on one of the top two lines he'd be a waste on a checking line. Would rather see him continue to grow his confidence with the Whale.
...good to see Newbury back. His faceoff ability will be very helpful down the stretch.
Like Kevin send, the DZ call up only makes sense if Girardi can't go. I would have like to see Kolarik here instead of Grachev. Or maybe even Weise just incase Cindy acts like his usual self and things get physical. We all know Weise isn't afraid to get in the middle of things.