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Rangers send prospect Tim Erixon to AHL, Flames fans cheer

Oct 29, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

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In the wake of their 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa, the New York Rangers have sent Tim Erixon and Kris Newbury to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. You may remember Newbury from his recent fight against the Leafs when Mike Brown used his face as a punching bag. Seeing him sent down isn’t the most surprising development of the day.

On the other hand, the Rangers sending Erixon down may raise a few eyebrows around the league. Erixon is the blue-chip prospect that was acquired from Calgary in the offseason because he had no intention of signing with the Flames. Calgary’s loss was the Rangers gain—or so we thought.

Erixon was expected to be an NHL-ready defenseman after spending an impressive three seasons in the Swedish Elite League. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Through nine games, he’s failed to score or assist on any goals this season. Worse than that, he’s had his fair share of defensive lapses and at times has looked completely lost on the ice. Many think that he’ll still be an NHL defenseman one day, but right now it just looks like he’s a guy who is in over his head.

If you ask some Rangers fans, Erixon isn’t the only defenseman who has looked lost in the early going. The organization hopes they’ll be able to hit the reset button on Erixon’s North American career with a stint with the Connecticut Whale to regain his confidence. The Rangers fans, coaching staff, and management hope the move is the answer.

Flames fans? They’ll tell you it has nothing to do with development and everything to do with karma.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Better than that Roman Horak (the throw in aspect of the deal) is up here playing pretty well for the Flames! There’s a good chance Tim Erixon will end up being a good NHL defenceman but right now he is definitely dealing with karma!

  2. quizguy66 - Oct 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Is this one of those deals where playing him 9 games or less gives them control of the player for another year? Play might not be everything to do with it.

    -QG

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 30, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      No, that option is for first year players that are eligible to return to their junior teams. Erixon is in his first year of an entry level deal but he was drafted in 2009 (not junior eligible) and he’s been sent to the minor league team which means this year will come off of his contract regardless of where he plays.

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