Catenacci signed a contract with HCB Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League. A versatile skater who can play on the wing or down the middle, Catenacci will refine his game overseas. Now 25 years old, he failed to record a point over 12 games between the Sabres and Rangers, but the feisty one has accumulated 52 goals, 61 assists and 232 PIM over 307 AHL appearances.
Catenacci was demoted to the team's AHL affiliate Thursday. Catenacci has dressed for just one game this season in the NHL and has yet to tally a point despite drawing into 12 career NHL contests. He's posted better numbers in the AHL this season, but the 24-year-old seems unlikely to become a consistent contributor at the top level given his pedigree and track record thus far in his career.
Catenacci will be in the lineup for Saturday's matinee in Colorado. Catenacci will get a chance to make his Rangers debut because Michael Grabner is out with the flu. The 24-year-old forward has failed to mark the scoresheet in 11 previous NHL appearances, all with the Sabres during the 2015-16 campaign.
The Rangers recalled Catenacci from AHL Hartford on Friday. Kevin Hayes (bruise) won't play Saturday and is considered questionable for Sunday's clash with the Kings, so Catenacci will round out the Rangers' depth up front until Hayes is given a clean bill of health. The 24-year-old forward has notched two goals and 10 points in 23 contest with AHL Hartford this campaign.
Catenacci earned a new contract with the Rangers after tallying nine points in 19 outings with AHL Hartford, TSN reports. Catenacci was brought in via trade last season in a minor-league swap. The center managed just five goals and eight helpers in 50 contests with AHL Rochester, but seems to have hit his stride with the Wolf Pack. Odds are the 24-year-old will spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors, but could get the occasional call-up due to injury.
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