The Rangers hope to make one or two moves before next Monday’s trade deadline, coach Alain Vigneault said last night.
After Marek Hrivik was summoned to replace the waived Daniel Paille (at the same salary), Vigneault said: “Any money that we can save, we’re gonna save, because that means we’ve got more money to put to one or two players at the end, so unless we really need somebody, we’re going to stay this way and see what we can do come that deadline.”
The Rangers have 49 players under contract, one under the limit, and are about $1.5 million under the cap ceiling.
McDonagh still hurting
A CT scan on Ryan McDonagh — who missed last night’s game — was clear, but it was uncertain whether he will dress against the Devils tomorrow night. “Everything’s fine, but he’s still having some issues with his jaw, and neck spasms,’’ Vigneault said.
Hrivik makes debut
General manager Jeff Gorton, associate coach Scott Arniel and assistant Ulf Samuelsson attended the Wolf Pack’s game Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hrivik had an assist in Hartford’s 7-2 win. “For what we need at this time, [Hrivik’s] the most suited . . . strong on the body, a good skill set,” Vigneault said. “He’s been the team’s best penalty-killer. I’ve seen a steady progression.”
Hrivik, 24, made his Rangers debut as the fourth-line right wing and played 7:32, with one hit and one blocked shot. He logged only 44 seconds shorthanded. The main four forwards on the four-for-four penalty kill were Jesper Fast, Derek Stepan, Dom Moore and Viktor Stalberg, all of whom played more than three minutes each.
It was Henrik Lundqvist’s 59th career shutout . . . .The Rangers are 7-1-1 in the last nine games and 10-3-1 in the last 14.