Found October 05, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Taylor Pyatt has not been a successful addition The Rangers were particularly sloppy against the Coyotes and were outdueled in net and on special teams but no one will panic after one game that came on the heels of an awkward, disjointed preseason. That said there are a few players who are surely on shaky ground. One particular player who doesn’t figure to be part of the future is Taylor Pyatt. Taylor Pyatt started his Rangers career in strong fashion and bookended last season with a solid playoffs but Pyatt is expendable and this, on a team where cap space is a necessity. He cannot keep up on the ice and is as inconsistent now as the talented winger has ever been. While Pyatt was not the worst Ranger forward on the ice on Thursday he was simply ineffective. No shots, no particularly strong shifts or physical play, nothing to demand the attention from the coaching staff or demand more ice time moving forward. Last year Pyatt finished with 11 points in 48 games which was an underwhelming return even for a depth forward on a low scoring, inconsistent team. When you factor in 3 points in his first 4 games and a 5 point game streak toward the end the season last year, Pyatt was invisible for the vast majority of the season offensively. While Pyatt could realistically be part of Tortorella’s style along the walls and in the corners, the Rangers style of game is moving away from lumbering forwards such as Pyatt. They struggled to get in deep (in part, thanks to Mike Smith) against the Coyotes and Pyatt isn’t going to be a player that can help long term. With a cap hit of $1.55m, removing Pyatt from the roster (whether demoted, traded or otherwise) answers a lot of immediate issues as well as allowing players such as JT Miller and Jesper Fast to learn at the NHL level. While taking a risk on Pyatt was a worthy gamble (costing nothing but dollars) It’s time to end the Taylor Pyatt experiment. Tweet

Leonard: Callahan in with Pyatt, Boyle

Per Pat Leonard, Ryan Callahan is back on the ice, skating between Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle. This likely means Cally will be returning to the lineup on Monday in Los Angeles. Leornard also noted that the fourth line consisted of a rotation of Derek Dorsett and Jesper Fast on the right side of J.T. Miller (LW) and Dom Moore (C). It is expected that Fast will be returned to the...

Around the Farm: Kristo with a goal in Whale shootout loss

The Hartford Wolfpack kicked off their 2013-2014 season tonight, losing in a shootout to the Norfolk Admirals. Danny Kristo and Darroll Powe had the goals for the Wolfpack, with Micheal Haley, Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter, and captain Aaron Johnson notching assists. It is worth noting that Johnson was the captain, with Haley and Powe serving as the alternates. They may not be...

What’s in store from 1993-94? Rangers drop opener to Bruins at the Garden

October 5th, 1993 – There was tremendous excitement entering the 1993-94 hockey campaign for the New York Rangers.  The team had a nice mix of veteran leadership and promising young talent ready to prove the previous season was an aberration and looking to take the next step that they were unable to do two years earlier after […]

Around the Farm: Buchnevich returns after one game absence

Pavel Buchnevich was the only Rangers prospect in action today, returning to the ice after a one game hiatus due to unknown reasons. Buchnevich was held scoreless in 9:39 of ice time over 11 shifts. Buchnevich also finished with a -1 rating. See below for the full scoring line for Buchnevich. Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1 Tweet

Old defensive habits die hard for Rangers

There was Ryan McDonagh taking a puck on the jaw before the three-minute mark of the first period of the first game. There was Brian Boyle twice sliding in front of power-play blasts after losing his stick in the second period in Phoenix and there were the Rangers blocking a total of 19 shots in their season-opening 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes Thursday night. A total by the way that...

Rangers’ Miller demoted to make room for ‘Fast’ rookie

Not so Fast about Jesper coming out of the Rangers’ lineup to accommodate Ryan Callahan’s expected return on Monday here against the Kings. For rather than scratch the 21-year-old rookie the Blueshirts have assigned 20-year-old winger J.T. Miller to the AHL Wolf Pack. Miller who played 26 games with the Rangers last year had a difficult time of it in Thursday’s opening 4...

Rangers Drop Season Opener To Coyotes 4-1

The New York Rangers dropped their season opener on Thursday night by a final score of 4-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes. Marc Staal scored the Rangers’ only goal of the game and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 32 shots as the Rangers struggled all night long defensively, which is quite the turnaround from the Rangers […]

Rangers In Need Of Some Consistency

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, “I agree that we’ve looked good at different points, but we haven’t been able to put together a full period or a full game,” coach Alain Vigneault said after Friday’s one-hour practice session. “I don’t want to give our team an excuse, but a lot of that has to do with our challenging training camp schedule. “The game...

Tortorella targets third and fourth lines after season-opening loss

John Tortorella says his third and fourth lines must earn their ice time something the Canucks coach stressed they most certainly did not do in Vancouver’s season-opening 4-1 loss in San Jose. After a short 30-minute practice Friday at Rogers Arena Tortorella made it clear he was not enamored with the play of his bottom-six forwards in Thursday night’s loss to the Sharks. He...

Rangers’ lone goal comes on power play

If the Rangers were going to score one goal in their season opener as they did in Thursday’s 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes it’s probably just as well for their mental condition that it came as it did on the power play. “I thought we moved the puck well and created some good opportunities” said Marc Staal who got the power-play goal by roofing one from the left circle to beat...

Callahan to return Monday against LA

Pat Leonard of New York Daily News reports, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is returning to the lineup Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. Head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed at practice that Callahan will be making his season debut. This is good news because Callahan was supposed to be out for several weeks. It is […]

Coyote ugly: Rangers flop in season-opening loss

The Rangers sure have a lot of improving to do — and quickly — following Thursday night’s opening 4-1 defeat to the Coyotes in which sloppiness prevailed at both ends of the ice. “We just made too many mistakes regarding the way we have to play no matter who’s the coach that has nothing to do with it” Brad Richards told The Post following Alain Vigneault’s debut behind...

Jan Levine: Game 1: PHX 4 NYR 1, Lots of Work In Own Zone Required

The Rangers' initially foray under new coach Alain Vigneault was clearly not one for the record books or memory banks. Too many defensive breakdowns and uneven play contributed to the 4-1 loss to Phoenix on Thursday. Part of the defensive breakdowns can be attributed to the change in style, but in several cases, they were outhustled or pushed off the puck. In addition, Henrik...

Well, that’s vexing

Norm Hull/Getty Images Last night, the Rangers lost their 2013-2014 opener in Phoenix.  It was neither pretty nor particularly encouraging.  Sure, there were some bright spots; Brad Richards showed signs of life, Marc Staal looked great and the defense as a whole looked much more active in the offensive zone. Since the pre-season started, the staff here at BSB has been preaching...

#Fancystats: Looking into keeping Fast over Miller

Photo credit: Mike Stobe The Ranger world was a tad shocked yesterday when the Rangers announced they were sending J.T. Miller to the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. Many, myself included, thought that Jesper Fast would be returned to Hartford. One of the main reasons why Miller was sent to Hartford was to get him some solid ice time. Miller needs powerplay and penalty kill minutes, and...
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