The Rangers have completed their nightly opening list. At least for now.
The Blue Shirts sent center Morgan Barron, winger Vitaly Kravtsov and center Greg McKeg to the AHL Wolf Pack, reducing the list to 23, but there could be other moves.
Among the 13 strikers were Julien Gauthier and Dryden Hunt, who insisted on giving up so they could be lost. Barron and Kravtsov could have been reappointed without giving up, combining their first taste of the NHL in 25 games last season.
According to The Post’s Larry Brooks, 23-year-old GM Chris Dury Libor Hayek is among the eight defenders on the Rangers list.
If Hajek moved soon – even if the likelihood of this happening in two days seemed minimal – Kravtsov would probably be with Rangers at Wednesday’s opening ceremony in Washington.
Also on the list – not in the IR, which meant he couldn’t play in the first four games – was Ryan Reaves, whose condition was under question after he injured his left leg when he was surrounded by PK Subban last month. .
Reaves actually skated on Monday, and Gerard Gallant said he was “waiting” for the veteran to be ready to go.
“But it’s still everyday,” the head coach said. “But I feel very good about his skating style.”
Central Ryan Strom, who collided with Island defender Scott Mayfield on Saturday and grabbed his right wrist, also encouraged the practice. Strom flew skating and looks ready to play on Wednesday.
“He didn’t have any problems today,” Gallant said.
Mika Zibanejod said he loves “responsibility” but didn’t realize his new contract came with unexpected results.
After signing an eight-year deal worth $ 68 million that will drive him out of the New York and free agent markets after the season, Rangers ’first-tier center has said it wants to“ climb to the top ”and believes in a long-term deal. good for both parties.
There will be no question of a deal over his head and he will be Ranger for a long time. He said the team’s recent trip to the New England area made the decision easier.
“Looking at the team we have now, we traveled the same way we did at camp for the same three weeks – I wanted to stay,” Zibanajod said.
“As a rival coach, you watch it and you turn the guys, the best players on the opposing teams, and he was one of those guys,” Gallant said. “Appropriate Agreement.”
Defender Nils Lundkvist, who made the opening night list, was voted the winner of the Lars-Eric Sjoberg Award, which is given to the best Rangers player at camp each year by the media.