Found November 20, 2013 on
Blue Seat Blogs:
Like Chris Kreider did, J.T. Miller needs more time in Hartford
With apologies to Taylor Pyatt, the forward roster last night finally resembled the one Ranger fans were so excited about over the summer.
The lineup didn’t include J.T. Miller, but coach Alain Vigneault insisted yesterday that Miller would be back on the ice with the Blueshirts soon. But barring further injuries, the team’s top-six is clearly set, and Miller will likely be stuck with fourth-line minutes even when he does play.
In fact, Miller hasn’t played more than 9:14 in any of his last six games dating back to November 2, just after Carl Hagelin’s return. In the nine games before that, Miller had averaged 13:17, a pretty big number for a young player. But as Hagelin, Ryan Callahan, Dominic Moore and finally Rick Nash were reinserted into the lineup, Miller’s ice-time dipped lower and lower until he was finally sent to the press box.
As the Rangers should have learned with Chris Kreider, it’s foolish to keep a player in the NHL when he clearly isn’t ready. Just a few weeks in the AHL can go a long way – remember, Kreider had an awful training camp, but played like a man possessed after being recalled a month later. Miller still has a very bright future in New York, and he might even have a major role to play this season. But keeping him around to play so little or not at all is the wrong decision.
Injuries limited Vigneault’s options for much of the season, but the Rangers’ new coach now has plenty of able players to choose from. Pyatt is nearly ready to return, and though he’s played poorly, it’s still smarter to use him for a handful of minutes on the fourth line than stifle Miller’s development in that role. Vigneault could also recall Brandon Mashinter, who has been steady if unspectacular in six games with New York this season, or Darroll Powe, who had a tremendous training camp and is off to a very good start with the Wolf Pack.
None of those players are nearly as intriguing for Rangers fans, but they’re proven NHL grinders that can easily handle eight minutes a game just as well (if not better) than Miller. Guys like Pyatt, Mashinter and Powe don’t stand to gain from time in Hartford at this point in their careers, but 20 minutes a night in the minors for a couple months could make all the difference for Miller down the stretch, and into the future.
BEST OF MAXIM
Per Katie Strang, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. Del Zotto had been a healthy scratch for the past three games. The Rangers went 1-2 in that span, scoring just two goals (both on the powerplay) while allowing three goals.
Justin Falk, who had been replacing Del Zotto in the lineup, could be the odd-man out tomorrow. Per Strang...
Various reports circulating in the hockey media suggest New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block as he struggle to fit in with head coach Alain Vigneault. The former first round pick in 2008 has spent…Read more →The post New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
Rick Nash is back in the New York Rangers lineup after the star forward missed 17 games because of a concussion.
Nash passed his final test Tuesday when he skated with his teammates before the game that night against the Boston Bruins. Nash has being skating - mostly on his own - the past two weeks after his symptoms subsided.
He was cleared to return Sunday and told coach Alain...
For the first few weeks of the 2013-14 NHL season, much of the daily discussion centered around the multitude of illegal hits to the head and injuries resulting from fights.
Including the preseason, seven players have been suspended for illegal hits to the head, the latest of which was Sabres forward John Scott getting a seven-game ban for a headshot on Bruins winger Loui Eriksson...
New York Rangers wing Rick Nash will return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. Nash returns after missing six weeks with a concussion.
According to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger, Nash is “good to go”. Nash has missed the Rangers previous 17 games after sustaining a concussion on October 8th. He has miss all but three games this season due to the injury...
Tuukka Rask made 43 saves -- including a stop on a first-period penalty shot -- and the Boston Bruins spoiled the return of New York forward Rick Nash in a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Rask, playing on back-to-back days for the first time this season, denied Chris Kreider's penalty shot and turned away everything else except for Derick Brassard's power...
Rick Nash was neither surprised nor upset not to hear from Brad Stuart after the Sharks’ defenseman delivered the concussion-inducing headshot in San Jose on Oct. 8 that sidelined No. 61 for six weeks and 17 games.
Still, if the skate had been on the other foot — or, more to the point, if the shoulder had slammed into the other head — Nash on Wednesday told The Post he would...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Code this, code that. Nobody is quite sure exactly what it is in the NHL.
But here was the code as described by Marty McSorley, when he came to the Rangers from the Kings in 1996 after having been Wayne Gretzky’s teammate for 11 seasons in Edmonton and Los Angeles:
“Everybody who is on the ice with Gretz has to be willing to...
There have been many rumblings of late that 23 year old defenseman Michael Del Zotto is being shopped by the New York Rangers.
As such, there have been a few teams whose names have come up in terms of being potentially interested, and the Calgary Flames were one of said teams.
Currently struggling to get ice time on the Rangers roster logging the 5th most minutes in terms...
Justin Falk did nothing to deserve his being taken out of the Rangers lineup.
That was the sentiment from coach Alain Vigneault before Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Stars at the American Airlines Center, a game in which he replaced Falk with mercurial young defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
“Really like the way [Falk] played for us in those couple games there,” said Vigneault...