Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder carries the puck against the...

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder carries the puck against the Boston Bruins during the third period of Boston's 4-1 win in a game in Boston Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Credit: AP / Winslow Townson

The Rangers released veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle after a two-game look in Hartford, but another veteran free-agent blueliner, Henrik Tallinder, is in the AHL for an assessment.

Tallinder, 35, who suffered a shoulder injury during training camp with the Maple Leafs, signed a professional tryout contract and is expected to practice with the Wolfpack this week, the team confirmed.

The Swedish-born Tallinder played 678 games with Buffalo and New Jersey. In 64 games last year for Buffalo, he averaged 18 minutes per game, and scored two goals and eight points.

Captain Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) is expected to practice with the team in Tampa this week, but the move indicates that the Blueshirts are still looking for defensive depth.

Though the Rangers had hoped for a longer look at Kaberle, 36, he signed with Kladno, his former Czech League team.

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