Larry Brooks writes that it's possible that Pavel Buchnevich could be cleared to participate in a conditioning stint with the Wolf Pack when the Rangers start their bye week on Sunday. (NY Post)
Buchnevich will undergo an MRI this week and the results, according to Brooks, could dictate whether he goes to Hartford. (NY Post)
A conditioning stint would last 14 days and the Wolf Pack have games Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend, a game on Wednesday 1/11 at Rochester and two games next weekend in St. John's. (NY Post)
Players who are on IR, like Buchnevich and Mika Zibanejad, are permitted to "rehab and skate" at the Rangers training facility during the bye week. (NY Post)
Buchnevich has been skating recently and Alain Vigneault has said that he is close to taking contact again. He has missed the past 25 games and last played on 11/12.
Adam Rotter: If Buchnevich is healthy then this makes a lot of sense. Regardless of when Buchnevich gets cleared this is probably the best thing to do. He needs to play and get his legs under him and a short stint in Hartford makes sense, especially since this stint comes with a deadline of when he returns to the Rangers.
When healthy Buchnevich is one of the Rangers 12 forwards but with his lack of his experience in the NHL and how long he is out, a few games in Hartford where he can get back up to speed makes a lot of sense.