Summers and three teammates were put on waivers Tuesday by the Rangers in order to reassign them to the minors, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Summers came over to New York as part of the Keith Yandle deal back in March of 2015 and has played in just six outings for the Rangers since. Primarily used in AHL Hartford, the blueliner offers little in terms of offensive production, which extremely limits his fantasy value. In addition to the 28-year-old, New York also waived Tommy Hughes, Chris Brown, and Mathew Bodie, all of whom will report to the minors if they go unclaimed.
Summers signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 with the Rangers on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The contract's worth $350,000 at the AHL level. Summers was a first-round pick (No. 29 overall by the Coyotes) back in 2006, but has never panned out into much of an NHL player. The 28-year-old spent most of this past season in AHL Hartford, accumulating 11 points in 74 contests, and got into just three scoreless games with the Rangers. Summers is likely in for another season as a depth defenseman in 2016-17.
Summers was sent back down to AHL Hartford, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Summers played in three games on this call up to New York, logging four PIM and five shots on goal. The 27-year-old has notched just three points in 27 games for Hartford this season.
Summers was recalled by the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL on Friday. With Dan Girardi still in New York for Friday's tilt in Winnipeg, Summers looks set to make his season debut for the Rangers. The 27-year old defenseman has appeared in 67 NHL games with the Coyotes and Rangers, totaling two goals and nine points in that time. Summers will likely serve as the Rangers' sixth defenseman against the Jets and receive limited minutes.
The Rangers recalled Chris Summers from AHL Hartford on Thursday.
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