by Patrick Hoffman on 09/24/09 at 03:35 PM ET
Update 1:35 PM: Looks like Sanguinetti was sent down to the Wolf Pack. From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
It’s evidently a very bad sign if you’re a Rangers’ player and John Tortorella has a little on-ice heart-to-heart with you after practice. He had one today with defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti and the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2006 has just been re-assigned to Hartford (AHL). The other day, right wing P.A. Parenteau was informed of his demotion after the skate concluded.
Sanguinetti had an assist in three preseason games - albeit one that even he joked he did no work for, giving up the puck to Marian ‘Gaborik who skated behind the net before finding Enver Lisin in the Rangers’ 4-2 win over Detroit Monday.
Sanguinetti’s demotion leaves the Rangers will open the season with a defense corps of Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, Matt Gilroy, Michael Del Zotto and Alexei Semenov. Del Zotto can’t go to Hartford - he’s either a Ranger or sent back to his junior club. My guess is the Rangers take the nine games allotted to further evaluate Del Zotto at the NHL level. My sense is the Rangers are still hoping to bring in another established but salary-cap friendly defenseman.
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