Monday, October 9, 2017

NHL news: Cracknell claimed off waivers



                   The New York Rangers have claimed forward Adam Cracknell off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

                  After claiming Cracknell, the Rangers have 24 men on their roster, one more than the league maximum. Something I'm thinking is that so they don't burn a year on his entry level deal, Filip Chytil, an 18 year old who made the team, will go back to the Czech Republic. Maybe Paul Carey will be waived. Since they have eight defensemen, maybe Steven Kampfer goes. We will soon find out what the Rangers do. But anyways, Cracknell is a solid 4th line or 13th forward type player. He will most likely be a scratch most nights, but he will probably get 30-40 games this year.

                   Cracknell, 32, played in one game for the Stars this year, not scoring a point in just under nine minutes of ice time. Last season, he set career highs in goals (10), assists (6) and obviously points (16) in 69 games for Dallas, another career high. In his eight year NHL career for the Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, Cracknell has scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 204 games.

                   After waiving Cracknell, the Stars have 12 forwads, eight defensemen, and Kari Lehtonen and Ben Bishop on their roster. That's 22 men, which is one less than the 23 men you normally have. This means that either Curtis McKenzie or Brian Flynn can be called up from Texas (AHL). I think it will be McKenzie over Flynn. Probably because of McKenzie's experience in the organization, while Flynn is a newcomer from Montreal.

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