Rangers send down Tim Erixon, Newbury; Deveaux recalled

The Rangers have sent down 20-year-old defenseman Tim Erixon to the Connecticut Whale.

The demotion followed a 5-4 shootout loss to the Senators during which Erixon played only 7:43 over 13 shifts and was a minus-1.

Defenseman Jeff Woywitka, who was claimed off waivers from Montreal earlier this month, has been a healthy scratch the last two games. The 28-year-old could replace Erixon in the lineup or the Rangers may continue to look elsewhere for help bolstering their defense.

The Bergen Record reported last week that the Rangers made a contract offer to 25-year-old Swedish defenseman Anton Stralman, who attended Devils training camp on a tryout. That offer remains on the table for the unrestricted free agent.

The Rangers also returned forward Kris Newbury to the AHL; Whale forward Andre Deveaux has been recalled.

Deveaux has four goals and two assists in 9 games for the Whale; he scored the game-tying goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Worcester.

Sean Avery scored the shootout winner.