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New York Rangers Set Opening Night Lineup

January 18th, 2013 at 4:07 PM
By PJ Foti

'New York Rangers bench' photo (c) 2011, Anna Enriquez - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The long lockout and the shortened training camp made roster selections that much easier for the New York Rangers for the 2013 season.

The long layoff provided winger Marian Gaborik time to heal his shoulder, while the week-long training camp didn't allow for much competition for guys on the third and fourth lines.

All teams needed to submit their 23-man rosters to the league before 5 p.m. today, and the only change the Rangers made since the opening of training camp was the addition of winger Brandon Segal to replace Aaron Asham, who still has one game on his suspension dating back to last year's playoffs.

Segal, 29, has played 102 NHL games over the past five seasons for three different teams, netting 11 goals. This year, while playing for the Rangers' AHL affiliate Connecticut Whalte, Segal registered nine goals and seven assists in 38 games.

"The thing that caught my eye was, he was really good on the wall," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said. "He stepped in and fought a guy in a situation during a game where there was no hesitation. He’s been a good player for them. [Asham] is out because of his suspension, and this guy deserves a chance. So we’re hoping that it’s not just one and done — we hope he’s part of our depth, and we’ll see where it goes."

Segal will have a spot on the team's fourth line against Boston. Projected line, d-pairing and goaltenders are as follows:

Hagelin-Richards-Nash
Gaborik-Stepan-Callahan
Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt
Rupp-Halpern-Segal

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Stralman
Del Zotto-Bickel

Lundqvist-Biron

Tags: Aaron Asham, AHL, Brandon Segal, Hockey, John Tortorella, Marian Gaborik, New York, New York Rangers, NHL

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