Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that right wing Jason MacDonald has been reassigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, center Pascal Rheaume (right) has been activated from the injured reserve list and has been assigned to Hartford for conditioning.
MacDonald, 29, has appeared in three games with New York since his recall on December 11. He made his NHL debut on December 12 at Buffalo.
The 5-11, 210-pounder is tied for the Wolf Pack team lead with nine goals and ranks third on the team with 16 points in 24 games this season. His 69 penalty minutes ranks second on the squad.
The native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island skated in 368 career AHL matches with Adirondack, Fredericton, Saint John and Wilkes-Barre prior to joining the Wolf Pack this season, collecting 76 goals and 95 assists for 171 points, along with 1,312 penalty minutes.
MacDonald signed with Hartford as a free agent on August 28, 2003 and signed a National Hockey League contract with the Blueshirts on December 11 prior to his recall.
Rheaume, who has missed the last 24 games with a grade-2 MCL sprain in his left knee suffered on October 28 vs. Anaheim, has appeared in two games with New York this season after signing as a free agent on October 22.
The 6-1, 220-pound native of Quebec City has appeared in 265 career matches with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Thrashers, collecting 38 goals and 49 assists for 87 points, along with 131 penalty minutes.