Short-handed Rangers recall defenseman Bell

The injury-depleted New York Rangers have recalled defenseman

Brendan Bell from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey

League.

The Rangers made the move Sunday, one day after playing without

leading defensemen Marc Staal (concussion) and Michael Sauer

(sprained right shoulder) in a 4-2 loss to the New York

Islanders.

The Rangers are 0-1-2 in the midst of a season-opening,

seven-game road trip that will take them to Western Canada for four

games before they return for the home opener on Oct. 27.

Bell posted one assist in two games with Connecticut after being

sent down by New York on Oct. 9. He was with the Rangers for their

two season-opening games in Sweden but didn’t play.

In 101 career NHL games with Toronto, Phoenix and Ottawa, Bell

has seven goals and 21 assists.