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The New York Rangers made another roster move Thursday as they recalled Connor Brickley form the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Brickley, 26-years-old, was acquired by the Rangers in a Jan. 14 trade with the Nashville Predators for Cole Schneider.
He’s played in 67 NHL games, all for the Florida Panthers, the team that drafted him in the second round, 50th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
His last appearance in the NHL came back in the 2017-18 season for the Panthers recording four goals and 12 points in 44 games.
The move comes a day after the Rangers sent forward Vinni Lettieri back to Hartford, leaving the Rangers with only 11 healthy forwards. Head coach David Quinn used seven defensemen instead of using Lettieri in the team’s loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday night, something he’s growing more and more comfortable with.
With trade rumors beginning to pick up, the Rangers will continue to make roster moves to ensure they have the proper players to play games, yet the call up leaves more possible questions than answers.
The recall of Brickley doesn’t bid well for Lias Andersson. The center was sent back to Hartford earlier in the season to get more ice time and development. The 2017 first round pick has not progressed as quickly as some of the other younger players like Filip Chytil. Andersson has only scored two goals since the new year began.
Assuming the Rangers are not going with seven defensemen in Buffalo on Friday night, and no other roster moves (trades) are made, Brickley should be in the lineup.