Dan Fritsche was waived by the New York Rangers first according to Sam Weinman and then Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross in their blog reports. If the center, who was obtained by the Rangers as part of the deal that sent Christian Backman and former Pack defenseman Fedor Tyutin to Columbus for he and Nick Zherdev, clears waivers, he would likely be assigned to Hartford for the rest of the season at some point. (***Update*** Fritsche did clear waivers but there has been no indication yet what the Rangers are going to do with him).
In the sixteen games that the Parma, Ohio native has played for the Rangers, he’s logged but a single goal and three assists for four points and a minus-2. Fritsche has been scratched in 21 of the last 22.
If Fritsche comes to Hartford and has a good attitude he could be a gigantic help to Head Coach Ken Gernander as he attempts to create a third line that could produce. In theory, Gernander already has the very productive “G-A-G Line” of Dupont – Anisimov – Parenteau. He then could return the “Triplets” (Owens - Ouellette - Pyatt) back together again and make a third line of Rissmiller – Fritsche – Moore. In theory anyway that could be a good threesome with all three capable of playing a solid two-way game.
(Dan Fritsche photo courtesy of NewYorkRangers.com)