Johan Hedberg released from PTO

The Rangers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have released Johan Hedberg from his professional tryout contract with the team.

The 40-year-old netminder, who backed up Martin Brodeur in New Jersey the past three seasons, was expected to challenge Martin Biron for the No. 2 job behind Henrik Lundqvist.

Now that Hedberg has been released, the only competition Biron faces for the gig is Cam Talbot, though it appears likely that Talbot will assume the starting job for the AHL's Connecticut Whale.

Biron turned away all six shots faced in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Flyers Tuesday night.

The Rangers also announced that Ryan Bourque, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O'Donnell, Michael St. Croix, and Brendon Nash have been assigned to Hartford.