7PM: On McLeod, Vigneault said on Wednesday "he adds to our depth and has a skill set that, if you look throughout our lineup, we don't have a lot of those, I don't want to say 'in your face type players' but with a little bit more of an aggressive nature. He'll bring that physicality and wearing the opposition down. He can play anywhere from 7-8 minutes to 12 minutes depending on the game. He's looked good in the two practices. There is a short amount of time for him to get used to his new environment, because there is no time, it's time to play. He went to the Stanley Cup Final last year with a team that finished 16th getting in, they were the last team to get in, and I am hoping that experience and how he get there will be able to help us out."
9:38AM: On Tuesday the Rangers called up Peter Holland and Tony DeAngelo but did not recall Vinni Lettieri.
It appears that Lettieri's spot on the roster was taken by recent waiver pick up Cody McLeod.
When asked about McLeod on Tuesday, Alain Vigneault said that McLeod is a north/south player that brings good energy and is a good teammate.
He reiterated that with the Rangers current lack of depth, the team "felt that it was the right thing to do" and noted that he will play on Thursday against the Leafs.
McLeod said that he wasn't expecting to be picked up by the Rangers but that he is excited. (NY Post)
He added that he feels there is still room in the game for "intensity" and that is what he wants to try and bring. (NY Post)
Lettieri played in 10 games for the Rangers, had 1 goal, 3 assists, a minus 10 rating, 16 hits, 38 shot attempts and 20 shots on goal in 12:53 per game.
Lettieri was a minus three against the Ducks last Tuesday before being a healthy scratch when Kevin Hayes returned to the lineup.
Adam Rotter: Lettieri wasn't dominating during his call up but he showed some flashes and while that may not be enough to keep him in the lineup every single night, it should have been enough to warrant a recall. McLeod over Lettieri is something that on paper does not show very much appeal at all. Maybe the Rangers know McLeod is the missing piece for this season and he will bring a level of energy and toughness that the team has been lacking, but until that proves to be the case, I don't think it makes sense to play him over Lettieri, Boo Nieves or any other young player in Hartford.