Those of you hoping this is a precursor to some big trade shouldn't get your hopes up. This very likely is simply a reward call-up. For all we know, he may not even play on Tuesday (though I hope he does). He's had a good season, done all the organization has asked of him, so he's getting the chance to come to NY and maybe get his feet wet and give the coaching staff here a chance to get a look at him. Plus he gets a couple days pay at his NHL salary, which certainly is a nice bonus. They did it with Potter last season, so it certainly wouldn't be out of the question. The Pack don't play again until Wednesday.
If he does play, it allows the Rangers to see where he stands at the NHL level and helps them decide what moves they might make at the trade deadline. But it's definitely not a sign that some big move is imminent.
Folks should dial back their expectations a bit too. He's still just 20 years old, and though he's put on 15 pounds, he could still stand to be stronger. He's a good player who will definitely have success in the NHL. But don't expect him to be some sort of offensive savior who's going to walk in and light up the scoreboard right away.
It would be pure stupidity to trade AA who is just 20 years old and has been one of the top scorers in the AHL this season.
I love Gomez but I think its time he goes. Clear cap space. Get another forward in return for him. We'll still be a playoff contender especially if AA can produce a little.
If anything else this move puts a ton of pressure on the forwards on this squad because now they could either lose their spot in the lineup or be traded if they dont perform. I think thats very threatening to these guys because most of these players love being in NY. They've gotten too comfortable the last month or so and have not put it together every night.
If this is a precursor to a trade, it's silly to think Artem would be the one traded. He plays first line minutes in HFD - any team can (and has) send a scout to see what he has down there.
Again dont think you trade AA who is currently youre top forward prospect right now and has been very good down there. Sather has made some stupid moves like signing Rissmiller, Voros, etc...but he has not been making trades giving up our better prospects. Hes been very patient