via Larry Brooks, NY Post:
The Rangers assigned Ilkka Heikkinen and Bobby Sanguinetti to the AHL Wolf Pack immediately after the youngsters combined to form the third pair on defense in this afternoon’s 2-1 victory in Philadelphia.
The NHL’s eight-day holiday roster freeze goes into effect at midnight tonight and lasts through midnight, Dec. 27, with anyone on the roster at 12 PM ineligible for demotion to the AHL. Thus, absent an injury serious enough to merit time on IR, the Rangers, who were at the 23-player maximum, could not have made a personnel move for the duration of the freeze without these moves to clear roster space.
The team can recall Heikkinen and Sanguinetti tomorrow for Monday’s match in Carolina. Or, they might well recall one or the other plus Matt Gilroy, who is scheduled to play his fifth game for the Wolf Pack tonight since being sent to the AHL on Dec. 10. Players recalled during the freeze can move between the NHL and AHL without restriction.
The Blueshirts, who have won two straight behind the brilliant work of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, do have the option of recalling only one defenseman from Hartford while reinserting Wade Redden into the lineup following two consecutive healthy scratches.
They also have the option of signing Harry Howell to a contract and playing him against the Hurricanes.
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