Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Erixon To Be Recalled; With Staal Out Significant Time Rangers Scrambling On D

The New York Rangers seem to be in a bit of a scramble mode on defense right now.  Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported this morning that the team could be without All-Star defenseman Marc Staal for upwards of a month and the organization is looking into lots of options to get through that time.  Talks with veteran Paul Mara have apparently been restarted and rookie defender Tim Erixon is going to be recalled this afternoon and will rejoin the team in Stockholm tomorrow.

The move with Erixon is somewhat surprising given that he was cut last week to get some more experience in the AHL, but with how badly both Bell and Bickel struggled against Zug on Monday the Rangers have decided to go with Erixon for the start the year.  Erixon will pair with Steve Eminger on the team's third pair while Ryan McDonagh is going to play with Dan Girardi and Del Zotto moves up to play with Michael Sauer.