He recorded a minus-two in just 3:30 of ice time, and he was benched for the duration of last night's third period after being on the ice for Olli Jokinen's second goal of the game, Mashinter didn't cycle back in the defensive zone to occupy a vacated area by Stu Bickel, which ultimately led to the goal.
“Chris and Mash, there is a bit of a struggle there a couple of times, but this is what happens when you have some injuries,” Tortorella said. “You have the kids. You get really worried that you put them in a spot they are just not ready for yet."
Tortorella wanted to see what the team would get out of Mashinter, and in a nutshell, it wasn't much.
The 6'4", 220-pound forward never showed off his physical presence, which is what the Rangers were looking most likely looking for in the kid. Especially with Aaron Asham out with back spasms, Mashinter should've been the first guy ready to protect teammates, and a few five-minute majors for fights could've ignited the team in its recent four-game losing streak.
The 24-year-old forward was sent back down to the Connecticut Whale of the AHL today, leading us to believe that either Asham or Rick Nash will be available for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
More on that after today's practice, though.Tags: Aaron Asham, Brandon Mashinter, Hockey, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Stu Bickel, Winnipeg Jets