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Rangers D Smith clears waivers, sent to AHL

From ESPN - February 9, 2018

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers sent Brendan Smith to Hartford of the American Hockey League after the defenseman cleared waivers Friday.

The move came one day after Smith -- re-signed to a four-year, $17 million deal last June -- was waived on his 29th birthday.

New York coach Alain Vigneault said captain Ryan McDonagh was out Friday night against Calgary due to an upper-body injury and could miss the team's upcoming trip to Winnipeg and Minnesota. The Rangers will return to New York to visit the crosstown-rival Islanders next Thursday.

The Rangers called up John Gilmour from the AHL club and put him in the lineup against the Flames for his NHL debut. The 24-year-old defenseman had six goals and 20 assists in 44 games for the Wolf Pack this season.

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