Rangers Recall Newbury, Re-assign Zuccarello

According to reports, the Rangers have recalled Kris Newbury from the Connecticut Whale (AHL), and demoted winger Mats Zuccarello to Connecticut.

“Of course,” Zuccarello said to Rangers Rants when asked about his disappointment level. “I felt like I improved a lot. It’s tough. It’s hard to give me ice time. There’s a lot of players.”

“I just have have to go down and try my best and see what happens,” Zuccarello added. “Obviously, I’m disappointed. It’d be strange if I wasn’t.”

Newbury, 29, has four goals and eight points in 59 career NHL games. He will join the Rangers for their upcoming western Canada tour, which begins Tuesday against the Vancouver Cancucks.

Zuccarello just doesn’t seem to fit on this team, or at least not in its top two lines (or third for that matter). For a player like him to show his worth, he needs the playing time, and he just isn’t getting it. It’s difficult to show off skill when your line mates are Mike Rupp and the ever enigmatic Erik Christensen

Andrew Gross over at Rants said this will free up even more cap space for the Rangers, which could be a prelude to a trade or signing for another defenseman. 

Follow Matt on Twitter @MattCalamia

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