Rangers waive Micheal Haley after brutal road trip

Rangers winger Micheal Haley’s disastrous two-game trip through Florida got him placed on waivers Sunday, which he will almost certainly clear en route to an assignment with AHL Hartford.

Haley drew into the lineup on Thursday in Tampa only because 18-year-old rookie Kaapo Kakko couldn’t play while dealing with the flu, and Haley was the club’s only extra player. The Rangers then utterly melted down during a 9-3 loss to the Lightning, when Haley tried to start numerous fights, didn’t get one willing combatant, and finished with 24 penalty minutes.

“When you get 10-minute misconducts and spend time in the box the way we did, you’re forced to play people,” Quinn said after that game. “When you have frustrating situations and things are going bad, you have to learn to make it better.”

Haley didn’t make anything better when he took a bad slashing penalty on his first shift Saturday in Sunrise, Fla., leading to the Panthers’ second power-play goal in the opening 6:50 and an eventual 4-3 loss for the Rangers. Haley got only three more shifts after that and finished with 1:26 of total ice time.

After the game, Quinn was seen in a room having a quiet talk with Haley, the 33-year-old who was back with the Rangers for the second time in his career, earning a one-year deal after coming into training camp on a professional tryout.


Winger Greg McKegg moved up in the lineup for the past two games, playing in Kakko’s spot on the third line next to Brett Howden and Brendan Lemieux. He played his most assertive game as a Ranger on Saturday, getting his first point with the club when he assisted on Tony DeAngelo’s second-period goal. McKegg also hit the post on an attempt from in front late in the second period that would have broken a 3-3 tie.


While first-liners Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin both got an identical 27:57 of ice time on Saturday, their right-winger, Jesper Fast, finished with 19:46, the third-most in his career. He did have a great assist on Strome’s first-period goal, and now has seven of his eight points this season (two goals, six assists) in the past 14 games, all at even strength.


The next time goalie Henrik Lundqvist appears in a game, it will be No. 869 of his career and he will break a tie with Grant Fuhr to be alone in 10th place on the all-time appearances list. The next time the 37-year-old Lundqvist wins a game, he will tie Curtis Joseph for fifth all-time with 454.

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