Blackburn’s Future Still Undecided
NY Rangers goaltender Dan Blackburn, who was released by the ECHL’s Salmon Kings last week, will likely play again this season, probably again in the ECHL, but this time for the Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate.
Blackburn requested his own request last week in order to play for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers’ top affiliate according to the NY Daily News, but they also carry this:
[NY Rangers assistant GM Don] Maloney confirmed Blackburn’s assertion that the Rangers were seeking a special visa that would allow the Canadian-born goalie to play for a U.S.-based minor league team the rest of this season - but for Charlotte of the lower-level ECHL, not Hartford.
“There has been no discussion whatsoever about him playing in Hartford,” Maloney said.