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New York Rangers: Who is Peter Holland?

With the New York Rangers struggling and on the brink of falling out of the playoff wild card position, the team made a small transaction in the hopes of getting more offense out of their lineup. Meet Peter Holland.

On Monday the New York Rangers decided a change was needed and though it’s not the change most fans were looking for, it has the potential to help the Rangers now as opposed to a making a trade. Center Peter Holland was recalled from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and center Boo Nieves was sent down to make room for him in the lineup.

Holland was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens for Adam Cracknell on Nov. 30 and was sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Holland has played in 243 NHL games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks and the Arizona Coyotes over eight seasons. He has recorded 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points, with a 45.6 percent faceoff percentage over parts of eight seasons in the NHL.

While playing for the Wolf Pack, Holland has been productive scoring five goals and nine assists in 16 games.

Matt Calamia of NewYorkRangers.com reported what Holland said as he spoke with reporters today after the teams morning skate. “Excited. A little nervous, kind of forget that I’ve already played over 200 games in this league. It feels like my first one. Just try and use that nervous energy and try and bring some fresh legs tonight.”

Head coach Alain Vigneault liked what he heard from Hartford Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge prior to his call-up. “A good two-way player. [He] tries to play a 200-foot game,” coach Alain Vigneault said of Holland. ”

In practice this morning, Holland centered between Michael Grabner and Jesper Fast. He will wear number 12 tonight when the Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers.

A graduate of St. John's University class of '91. I have been a fan of the New York Rangers since the days of Peter Puck. Founder of Ranger Proud, the Facebook page that covers all news, notes, pre /post-game stats, and player quotes. I can be reached at Nyrfc12@gmail.com