Rangers rookie Matt Rempe likely done after major returns

Tom Banks
May 23, 2024  (5:28 PM)

Matt Rempe of the New York Rangers.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The New York Rangers are chasing a Stanley Cup, and while rookie Matt Rempe has had a solid impact, it appears as though his playoff run may officially be over.

This season was a fantastic one for the New York Rangers, and despite their success, one of the biggest stories for this team was the rise of rookie Matt Rempe. The 6-foot-7 monster showed that he won't back down from anyone, with his fighting often highlighting everything happening in the NHL, and in the playoffs, he was expected to have a major impact.
Unfortunately, that hasn't panned out as some would hope, as Rempe averaged just 6:18 minutes of game time in the series against the Carolina Hurricanes, facing a healthy scratch in three of those games. Now, with the returns of Filip Chytil and Blake Wheeler, it appears as though he will be a healthy scratch moving forward.
That doesn't mean he won't be ready however, as Rempe has remained positive throughout his rookie campaign, with his latest comments showing that he's ready to do whatever it takes to help the team.
«Everything, what I've done my whole life, is outwork people and that's what I want to do,» Rempe said via the New York Post. «I know I got a long way to go. I've just been always playing catchup, per se, the last couple of years and here I want to exceed expectations every single day. I got a lot of work to do now.»

Rempe was seen warming up ahead of game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, and will stay ready throughout the playoffs, but for now, don't expect Rempe to take part in this series unless something drastic changes.
Source: Hockey Patrol