He says that Alain Vigneault likes having Glass on the team because he can be a deterrent to the opposition. (NHL.com)
For an opening night roster, Rosen has the Ranes lines shaking out like (NHL.com):
- Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
- Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes
- J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Emerson Etem
- Oscar Lindberg, Jarret Stoll, Jesper Fast
He has the scratches as Glass, Viktor Stalberg and Raphael Diaz.
With this roster, the Rangers would have 23 players on the team and have $50,500 in salary cap space. (Hockey's Cap)
Sending Glass to the minors would give the Rangers $1,000,500 in cap space. (Hockey's Cap)
Adam Rotter: With the need to "bank" salary cap space to add someone at the trade deadline, I think that if Glass isn't playing he will be sent to Hartford. He can always be called back up if needed. I don't think the Rangers have much risk or worry about putting Glass on waivers to send him down. Sending Stalberg down would also give the Rangers the chance to add salary cap space to "bank" for later.
In terms of that potential lineup, if everyone is healthy, I think that is very likely to be what the Rangers will go with on opening night. I think it makes sense to move Hayes to the wing especially if they think that starting next year Oscar Lindberg can be the third line center. Moore isn't really a third line center but in this situation the Rangers would have to make do with him there.