After Rick Nash was held out of practice today because of a "maintenance day, " the New York Rangers recalled Chris Kreider just 24 hours after sending him down to the Connecticut Whale. The move was designed to get Kreider, who was a healthy scratch Thursday vs. the Islanders and sparingly used prior, some much needed playing time.
With Kreider back so quickly, thoughts have turned to why Nash was held out and if anything significant is wrong with him.
Melissa aka @BlknBlueShirts tweeted earlier today that the Rangers announced at last night's season subscribers event in New York that Nash couldn't attend because of an illness.
...This move is odd on a lot of fronts. If Kreider needed to be sent down to get playing time, why is he the first recall because of Nash possibly missing Sunday's game? Why not a guy like Brandon Mashinter, who's been playing well? Let's say Nash does miss Sunday's game and is back Tuesday, Kreider just gets one game and goes back down, when he could've played three with the Whale and gotten plenty of ice time? The move doesn't make sense to me.
Even with kreider s struggles the line of him miller and pyatt. Is better the Boyle with them to speedy kids and pyatt isn't affraid of grinding it out like Boyle . Boyle better go to some power skating classes and grow a set
I give it until 11am tomorrow morning when they send him back down because Nashty can play. I'm guessing explosive diarrhea was the culprit. I mean who can really play when you have to poop all the time?
Larry Brooks thinks Nash may have suffered head injury from Lucic hit. I don't subscribe to that theory because if true, Nash has greatest concussion shoot out move in the history of the NHL.
@TheNYRBlog well, now we know the NYR are not genuine when talking about demotions. We are free to challenge their word from now on.
@TheNYRBlog now we just need to figure out what "maintenance day" really means. Clearly it's a way to lie to the fans and cover something up
Rangers are more secretive than MI-6. Maintenance Days, upper body injury, lower body injury, banged up. Why not just tell the world what's really happening.
Mashinter has not played 1 game with the big club. Kreider may have struggled and needs more time, but he's the most qualified to help the big club now. This season cannot be about development, it's about points.
Sullivan should be replaced. How many more years do we have to suffer with him making the power play schemes?
@TheNYRBlog @TheWrage Thanks James! Just saw it as I was going through my timeline. Completely agree with everything said in that post.
I hope it is not the groin acting up. Otherwise, why do the Rangers do any of the things they do... at least lately? I'd just like to know if they are spending more than 20 minutes at a clip on that horrendous PP?
If Nash is ill it makes sense to recall someone just in case, but if Rangers think Kreider needs more development how is he the guy recalled? Even if you think Kreider should be in the NHL, this is still a complete contradiction by Rangers.
Hey, maybe it works out that Kreider plays and scores tomorrow. The we can thank Nash's immune system for jump starting Kreider.
@TheNYRBlog if Nash is out, Kreider would have been looking at his 3rd game in 3 days had he stayed down another game. Same with Mashinter.
Maybe it's all a big conspiracy to mess with Kreiders mind even more and ensure he has no continuity with line mates or teams?!?
@rinkrat360 -- Man, Boyle took his power skating lessons ... what was that, two off-seasons ago? He looks like he forgot everything.
Kreider has been pretty soft along the boards and frequently out of position; unfortunately he's not quite an improvement over Boyle yet. I hope he will be soon, but the big man is still more complete game, defensively responsible, and wins faceoffs for us.
@KevinDeLury The assumption is that someone can't go tomorrow. If that's the case then Kreider or Newbury would be the ones most ready to step in.
@KevinDeLury Sure I would. But my point is that I don't think the Rangers are putting development ahead of points. I think they want to go balls to the wall this season and worry about development next year, despite what they say in the press conferences. They just don't have the luxury of seeing if someone like Mashinter can cut it right now.