With Marcel Hossa still ailing and not able to practice, the New York Rangers have recalled Nigel Dawes from the Hartford Wolf Pack. In addition, the Wolf Pack have signed C/RW Dave Scatchard to a PTO contract. You see the terms PTO and ATO towards the end of the season in the AHL. In respect to an ATO, NHL teams use those to take a look at Junior and Collegiate prospects they don’t want to sign to NHL or AHL contracts – for various reasons. For example, Bobby Sanguinetti signed an ATO with Hartford in April 2006. The PTO term deals with professional players.

Here is the explanation from the AHL’s official site:

SPC = Standard players’ contract (also known as an “AHL contract”)
PTO = Professional try-out contract
ATO = Amateur try-out contract

AHL players not signed to one of these three contracts are on NHL contracts and assigned to their respective AHL clubs by their parent team.

In other words, the Rangers have bought time before making a decision on Scatchard and they give the veteran a chance to get his ice legs back.

Things are not going to get any easier when they travel to face the winless Atlanta Thrashers. It wasn’t going to bad enough that the Thrashers will be looking for revenge and their first win of the 2007/2008 season, they will also being playing under a new coach – albeit an interim one. Atlanta has fired head coach Bob Hartley and GM Donnie Waddell will coach the team until a permanent replacement for Hartley can be named. The Thrashers are dead last in the NHL in goals for and only Los Angeles and Toronto have allowed more goals than the Thrashers.

Quite obviously Hartley’s firing will start up the cascade of blog entries from fans calling on Rangers President/GM Glen Sather to fire Tom Renney and hire Hartley.

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