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The Rangers can’t afford to bun a year of JT Miller’s Entry Level deal
GM Glen Sather attempted to act swiftly to address the Rangers’ depth issue at forward last week, but after Jason Arnott failed his physical the team is still left searching for forwards. Acquiring bottom-six forward Benn Ferriero appears to have been a savvy move, but New York is still thin up front.
The free agent market is barren, so it’s likely that the Rangerswill need to recall another player from Connecticut at some point due to injury, suspension or some other unforeseen circumstances. Thus far, the Rangers have deployed Brandon Segal and Kris Newbury, both of who were immediately sent back to the Whale after one-game cameos with the big club. Neither impressed and coach John Tortorella didn’t seem to have any trust in them, so neither can be seen as anything more than an emergency stopgap solution.
The one player that many think might be capable of doing more is 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, but it’s pretty likely that Miller won’t get more than cup of tea this year. Miller has been a quick study in his path to the pros and has a very well rounded game. Based on talent alone, he might make the most sense to be the next in line. But even if the Rangers face a desperate situation in which a vital top-six forward is lost for an extended period of time, it’s doubtful that Miller will join the Blueshirts for more than a quick look.
The chief reason has nothing to do with Miller’s NHL readiness – as always it comes down to money. Miller is in a similar situation to that of Chris Kreider last spring; if he plays more than five NHL games this season, it burns a year off his Entry Level contract*. That’s something the Rangers can’t afford.
*Miller’s time in the AHL this season doesn’t burn a year of his Entry Level deal because he’s only 19.
Assuming Miller played this year and then became a regular across the next two seasons, it would put him in line to be a free agent in the summer of 2015, when New York could be in major cap trouble.
Marc Staal will also be due for a new deal that offseason and Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist and Michael Del Zotto will all be due for new deals (and in most cases, raises) between now and then.
The point being: New York has a ton of hefty contracts to dole out over the next couple of seasons and cannot afford to add another presumably pricey youngster it wants to keep long-term to that mess right away.
Miller’s development may be better served by a full season in Connecticut anyway, but the extra year delay toward his free agency will also be critical to the Rangers’ roster planning.
BEST OF MAXIM
According to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Torts juggled the line combos today at practice with both his even strength and power play units. Gross reported the following line combos:
Should these lines stay in tact, it appears Hagelin is moving up the second line and Pyatt is going back to the...
The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
The Rangers have not given an update on the status of the injury Callahan suffered tonight.
By the looks of it, is appears to be a shoulder injury.
Talbot on Callahan incident: "We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something. Unfortunate."
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
Bergen Record - Rangers reach. 500, but Ryan Callahan hurt in third
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Mixed bag for forward
New York Post - Rangers win, but lose Callahan to injury
Daily News - Callahan scores, leaves hurt in win over Philly
New York Times - After Losing Their Captain, the Rangers Hold On for a Victory
Newsday - Ryan Callahan injured in Rangers...
Rick Nash has 1 goal on 26 shots. As well as he has played, and it has been very, very well, that's somewhat of a problem.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Nash has five assists and is a +5.
...you know what's strange, until I saw this tweet I didn't even notice. His game is so complete, he's been helping the Rangers win (see his five assists...
2012-2013 Records: Flyers (2-4), Rangers (2-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (2-2-2)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (5 GP, 3.14 GAA, .893 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (5 GP, 2.22 GAA, .923 SV%)
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero...
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The New York Rangers survived a frantic third period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers tonight by a score of 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.
The way the Blueshirts played tonight is exactly the kind of style that won the team many games last season. They got some timely scoring from defenseman Michael Del Zotto and team captain Ryan Callahan before relying on their penalty killing...
(Ed Note: This article appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin's national NHL site Puck Drunk Love.)
Just when you thought the “While The Men Watch” controversy was over, it turns out it’s not.
On their official fan blog entitled “Blueshirts United,” the New York Rangers published an article Friday entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” (Note...
Image courtesy of MSG. (Ryan Callahan left the game with an apparent shoulder injury)
If you watched the game, you know the Flyers lost this game. The Rangers played a strong game, but they certainly didn't win the game, we lost it. The Flyers again were unable to capitalize on their power plays, and they get the loss.
The Flyers went 1 for 6 on the PP tonight, they are now...
After a poor start, the New York Rangers appear to be getting on track. That also seemed to be the case for the Philadelphia Flyers - until their last outing.
These Atlantic Division rivals meet for the second time in six days Tuesday night in a matchup of teams trying to move past sputtering beginnings.
The Rangers (2-3-0) have looked better in winning two of three since stumbling...
The New York Rangers (2-3-0) host the Philadelphia Flyers (2-4-0) at MSG starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Per John Shannon, the “newly signed” Jason Arnott did not pass his physical for the Rangers. This will kill any potential deal with the organization, and Arnott will return to the free agent pool. No details have been released about what prevented him from passing the physical. However, Arnott did have knee surgery over the summer, so that may be what killed it.