3/5/17 | 2:16PM: Alain Vigneault said today, "really, this transpired after I spoke to Gorts early this morning before he left for the GM meetings. This is the first time since I have been here that money wise we have some room and leverage and right now with our current situation of only 12 healthy forwards and 6 healthy D, talked about giving ourselves some more options. We could do it money wise and there is no 23-man roster. Keeping that in mind when Gorts and I talked, Tanner has been playing hard, playing well. We saw Kampf last week and it's giving us as coaches a few more players to make some decisions, that is what we are going to do."
1:26PM: Alain Vigneault said that he will decide later today if Glass will play tomorrow. (NYR)
10:10AM: The Rangers have called up forward Tanner Glass and defensemen Steven Kampfer from Hartford.
Glass has not played for the Rangers this season after being sent to Hartford during training camp.
In Hartford, Glass had 6 goals and 9 assists in 57 games with 86 PIM.
Adam Rotter: A few different things could play into the decision to call up these two players. For one, there is no roster limit after the trade deadline but the Rangers did use two of their four call ups on these guys. Second, the Rangers are going on a road trip and have no spare players right now, so these two at least provide the Rangers with extra bodies they can bring on the trip.
Brady Skjei was supposedly sick and lost 5 pounds on Saturday, so I don't entirely know why Kampfer wasn't called up to play yesterday, but in the event that Skjei can't go tomorrow the Rangers will be prepared with Kampfer.
Glass of course is the lightning rod in all of this. The Rangers have been getting pushed around a bit against heavier teams in the past few games and Glass certainly brings the idea of toughness and physicality. Glass, if he is going to come into the lineup, would almost certainly come in for Matt Puempel. For the same reason of calling up Glass because of the idea of physicality, Brandon Pirri will likely stay in because he brings the idea of someone who can help on the PP.
Pavel Buchnevich has had two good games in a row and won't be coming out for Glass. If Glass gets in he will likely skate with Oscar Lindberg on the fourth line until Jesper Fast can return.