The Rangers will look to answer some final roster questions this afternoon in their final preseason contest against the Washington Capitals.
(Rangers trailing 1 - 0 midway through the first period.)
Amongst the players in question are defensemen Alexei Semenov (will he be offered a contract?) and Mike Del Zotto (will he be returned to juniors?). It's fair to assume that Semenov will remain with the club on a one year contract. The Del Zotto debate should be answered after seeing the 19 year-old play top minutes this afternoon against Washington's top line.
The forward positions aren't set either. With Sean Avery injured, it may present a temporary opportunity for someone, but in reality there are only a couple spots for four players to take.
Aaron Voros, Evgeny Grachev, Brian Boyle, and Artem Anisimov are all looking to fill the third and fourth line roles. Two of these players will likely be sent down, but much depends on how Vinny Prospal succeeds on the wing. If Head Coach John Tortorella determines that Prospal is better at center, then either Anisimov or Boyle will center the fourth line. If Prospal is a winger, then either Voros or Grachev will be sent down.
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