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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Matt Puempel has cleared waivers and is being sent to Hartford.

On why Puempel was put on waivers, Jeff Gorton said yesterday "with Matt it's a case of, I think Carey played well and earned a spot. I think Matt was okay but didn't stand out enough with what we were looking for. The PKing played a part in it. For him, we will see what happens, he is on waivers today and if he clears we will do everything we can to get his game at top level and see if we can get him back here."

Puempel is on a one-year, one-way deal that pays him $725,000 at both the NHL and AHL.

Puempel last played in the AHL in 2015-16 when he had 17 goals and 13 assists in 34 games.

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

After being picked up on waivers by the Rangers in November, Matt Puempel had 6 goals and 3 assists in 27 games and averaged 10:10 per game.

Puempel played 10 games in December, 3 in January, 4 in February, 5 in March and 2 in April.

He missed a total of 11 games this past season with two different concussion related injuries.

Puempel is an RFA, arbitration eligible and will have a qualifying offer of $945,000.

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

2:25PM: Alain Vigneault announced today that Matt Puempel will return to the Rangers lineup against the Islanders tomorrow and take the place of Pavel Buchnevich. (NYR)

Vigneault said that Puempel is a young player and that he wants to get him back into the lineup. (NYR)

Puempel last played for the Rangers on 2/5 against Calgary and has been a healthy scratch the past four games.

He has six goals and 1 assist in 18 games with the Rangers.

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Matt Puempel has been cleared for contact but wouldn't travel with the team to Toronto for tonight's game.

Puempel was due to stay behind and continue skating and Vigneault said that he needed Puempel to get in a few practices and "see how he reacts to having people around him."

He said that after suffering his second concussion in a few weeks that the Rangers slowed things down in his recovery process, which he thinks has "helped out huge because I feel really good right now." (NY Post)

Puempel has been skating for a while and suffered this latest concussion on 12/31 against Colorado.

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Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 1, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

1/17/17 | 3:21PM: Alain Vigneault said that Staal had a scheduled day off but will skate on his own tomorrow. (NYR)

Vigneault said that Staal is continuing with the concussion protocol. (NYR)

1/16/17 | 4:22PM: Vigneault said today, "both Staal and Puempel skated this morning at 11. He skated the last 3 days. This would have been his fourth day. He is coming along and going through the protocol and so far it's been good. Same thing with Puemps. Unless something changes between now and Wednesday, I think Puemps will be skating with the team on Wednesday." (NYR)

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Matt Puempel will be out indefinitely with concussion symptoms. (Zipay)

Nicklas Jensen will take his spot in the lineup.

Puempel took a hit from Cody McLeod 3:56 into the second period on Saturday.

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) celebrates after scoring his third goal of the game for a hat trick during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Against the Coyotes last night, Matt Puempel scored thrice on the PP including the game winner in the third period.

Puempel had 5 shots on goal against Arizona, the same amount of shots on goal he had in his previous 5 games.

Puempel told John Giannone after the game that he viewed coming to the Rangers as a "fresh start" and that a big part of his growing comfort has to do with how welcoming the players and coaches have been.

Alain Vigneault said after the game that Puempel is working "extremely hard," has an offensive "knack" to his game and that "hopefully a game like tonight will give him more confidence and he will be able to help us out moving forward."

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Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers left wing Matt Puempel (12) and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) watch the puck during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Puempel spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • On the Hat Trick, "it caught me off guard with only 25 seconds left. I knew that the goalie wasn't pulled so I didn't expect it. First one for me in a while, I don't think I had one in the American league ever. First one tonight is nice and my teammates helped me a lot getting that one."
  • When was your last Hat Trick, "I think it was in the OHL, one of my last years in the OHL. I haven't thought about a Hat Trick in a while. It was nice to see some hats on the ice here."
  • On the Hat Trick with his brother at the game, "he came to two of my games last year and I scored in both, it was the only two goals I had all year. I think he is good luck for me right now. It's nice to have the siblings on the trip and a good to get a win for them."
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(Derik Hamilton)

Since returning to the lineup on Saturday, Matt Puempel has:

  • Saturday against Nashville: 10:52, 1 shot attempt, 0 on goal, 1 hit, 8:56 at even strength, 1:56 on PP. 3:59 in the first, 4:04 in the second, 2:49 in the third.
  • Sunday against New Jersey: 7:46, 2 shot attempts, 0 on goal, 1 hit, 1 takeaway, 5:36 at even strength, 2:10 on PP, cross-checking penalty. He played 3:21 in the first, 3:02 in the second, 1:23 in the third.

In the two games combined, he was on the ice for 11 shot attempts for and 17 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

In his 8 games with the Rangers, Puempel has 1 goal, 5 shots on goal and an average of 9:14 per game

Puempel, a left shot, replaced Brandon Pirri, a right shot, in the lineup and on the PP the past two days.

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 (Derik Hamilton)
(Derik Hamilton)

10:13AM: Alain VIgneault said on MSG that Matt Puempel has to go through the standard conussion protocol.

Asked if he had any comments on the hit, Vigneault said that he would let the league take care of it.

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