Ryan Carpenter has bounced around three cities and three NHL teams since the start of last season.
After starting 2021-22 with the Blackhawks, in which he played 168 games over three years, Carpenter was traded to Calgary for the March trade deadline. He’s only played eight regular season games with the Flames and has been scratched in all playoffs. After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Carpenter signed a one-year deal worth $750,000 Rangers In mid-July.
“It looks like this year has been a blur,” Carpenter told The Post after training harder than usual on Thursday. “My daughter was born at the beginning of the last bootcamp and is now 1 year old. Chicago, this wasn’t the year we wanted it to happen. Tough things happened and above our loss then we traded, we moved to Canada for two months. Just back and packing in Chicago, just a lot of packing and move.
“He’s been busy. Just excited to have the chance to try and get a place here in New York for a team that had success last year and had so many positives.”
When Gustav Rydahl was named to AHL Hartford on Thursday, it all secured Carpenter’s place on the Rangers roster. Between his knowledge of head coach Gerard Gallant, who coached the 31-year-old center with the Golden Knights, his penalty kicking abilities and his fourth-line quarterback abilities, Carpenter checks a lot of boxes that Rangers need.
Galant isn’t the only familiar face of Carpenter, who has also played with Ryan Reeves in Vegas and Barkley Goudreau in San Jose. Although Carpenter already knows Galant and two of his new Rangers teammates, the Florida-born player said he still feels as if he has to earn the trust of his new coaching staff and the rest of the team.
“He’s a strong player, he kills penalty kicks,” Gallant said. “He blocks shots, he’s a good defender and a personal kid. He comes to the rink every day and tries to get better. We’re not looking for him to go out there and score 25 goals, we’re looking for him to do his job and play hard and that’s what he does. He knows his role in whichever team he plays. It’s an important role.”
Carpenter considers himself a difficult two-way striker and a defensive position. He’s cut from Galant’s rot meaning he aspires to be tough on sergeants, standoffs, and kill shootouts. Rangers lost a heap of attacking penalty kicks to free agency in the off-season, so the brief experience was a major focus of president and general manager Chris Drury as he compiled the training camp roster.
“I’ve tried throughout my NHL career to earn and stay in PK and help out in that way,” Carpenter said. “It’s not a role where you might be putting on points or being flashy, but it’s a way you can help the team win, and that’s what I’m trying to do is work on the PK here and get better, build trust with it with who you are out there. At the same time, show that you can help the team. “.
After a disappointing 5-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday, Gallant had a tough workout that ended with gassing.
Cabo Kaku skated on the top line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanegad, who bumped into Jimmy Vesey to Unit Two alongside Artemi Banarin and Vincent Trochek. Barclay Goudreau entered the center of the right wing in the third line with Alexis Lavrinier and Philip Chetel, while Vitaly Kravtsov was demoted to the fifth line, alongside Dryden Hunt and Julian Gautier.