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Rangers recall Ortmeyer from AHL but keep him on injured list

Ortmeyer and defenceman Bryce Lampman were recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League, just hours before the Rangers played the New York Islanders. Both were scratched from the lineup.

Ortmeyer will remain a non-roster injured player until coach Tom Renney thinks the right wing is ready to play. That is expected to be soon - perhaps as early as this weekend when the Rangers face Ottawa and Washington on consecutive days.

Right wing Brad Isbister was sent back down to Hartford after scoring one goal in two games with the Rangers following his recall last Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Ortmeyer had one goal and two assists in five games with Hartford after being sent there on Dec. 12 for a conditioning assignment, which is allowed for players coming back from long-term illnesses.

He was cleared to participate in contact practices on Nov. 24 after tests showed he recovered enough from the pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung usually caused by one or more blood clots. Ortmeyer was diagnosed with the ailment in August.

Lampman had three goals and five assists in 28 games with Hartford. He missed most of last season after dislocating his left shoulder on Nov. 20, 2005.

In 17 AHL games with Albany and Hartford this season, Isbister had four goals and five assists. He was acquired by the Rangers from the Carolina Hurricanes late last month.

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