Yesterday got a little crazy between the Mike Rupp trade and the recall of JT MIller and Brandon Mashinter. So here's some loose ends to tie-up...
- The Mike Rupp for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri trade will save the Rangers $500,000 against the cap this year and next year.
...so wait, Sather turned a broken down enforcer into a younger, shot blocking, pk guy, a prospect AND saved money against the cap? Officially convinced he has naked pictures of every GM in the league.
- Speaking of blocked shots, Powe had 91 of them last year. Ryan Callahan had 88.
...safe to say Tortorella is going to like this guy.
- According to the Rangers website, Powe will be wearing #8, while JT Miller will wear #47 and Brandon Mashinter #40.
...while it'll be weird seeing someone else wearing #8, if anyone actually has a problem with it they need to get over themselves. It's not like Prust is ever getting his number retired.
- The Rangers have five games in which to assess whether to return Miller to the AHL or keep him with the big club while burning a year of eligibility on his entry-level deal.
...in the salary cap era this is actually a pretty big deal. I really only see Miller staying up with the Rangers until Kreider is healthy so I don't think they'll be stuck with a tough decision.
I think the only way Miller stays up if he makes it so they can't send him down. If he has a hat trick at the garden Thursday night, guarantee he is a Ranger for the rest of the year. But if Mashinter and Miller both play well then Miller goes back down for another year. Honestly, I dont think Miller will stay up with the big club, but its nice to see him getting a shot. Got to love our farm system, and we still have Thomas, Jean, Hrvik, Fasth, Skjei and a lot of others
I'd rather see an 8 skating around than a 17. Kinda glad to see Rupp go for that. I'd see him and for a split second be like "Oh! Dubi's back. Except why does it look he's skating through sand?"
So what if Miller is a better all around player than Kreider? Because honestly, Kreider's game is still very raw. He has great speed and a good shot but that's about it.
And who cares about giving #8 to Powe because Prust wore it recently. I'd be more upset for Darren Turcotte instead!
@Beckfan5 Saw some people complaining about it on Twitter yesterday.
its gonna be an interesting game tonight. i see most of the work being the top 2 lines tonight. 3rd line getting 4th line minutes with the 4th getting barely anything. i can see tortorella throwing miller around with people.
If Miller plays well, I don't think the Rangers would be concerned with year 1 of his entry-level deal (see Chris Kreider). It's a good gauge to see how far away he might be. Same with Mashinter, Gotta wonder what this does to the confidence of guys like Thomas though, even though Miller is having a better Whale season.
If miller proves he belongs which is going to be tough, it frees up sather to trade for some cap relief and gather mor draft picks and or prospects.
This will be a great opportunity for Miller to get his feet wet with the big club. It's invaluable experience for a young guy to get first hand experience and see what it's like before making a more permanent transition to the NHL. He's done great all along the way here, he's close, but by all reports, not quite ready. Between the injuries and the uncertainty about our bottom six, the timing worked out for Miller. I hope he gets to play 5 games.
So why bother bringing Miller up? If he lights it up, how can they justify sending back down? But, if he lights it up, who cares? So really I'm just babbling. I would have liked to see Ferriero stay up...