When I look up and down the Rangers roster, I see at least 10 different players more responsible for the Rangers horrific start to the season than Marty Biron and Arron Asham, who were both placed on waivers yesterday.
Did they both have a hand in it? Absolutely, but I don't think either can legitimately be pointed to as the problem with this team.
So why was it done? To me, there was no reason other than to send a message to the team that their performance up until this point is unacceptable, while actually doing very little to change the make-up of the line-up.
Yes, Biron and Asham were popular guys in the locker room, but, really, how big of an impact will losing them actually have on the success of the Rangers going forward. Not much in my opinion.
This was a low risk, high reward move that will hopefully serve as a wake-up call for the players.
While Alain Vigneault says the decision was performance based and not necessarily a move to send waves through the locker room, I think that's exactly what it was. And if this was the Rangers head coach's doing, I give him full marks for not accepting mediocrity, while establishing some accountability with this team. Easily the most impressive decision made by AV in his early tenure. Bravo.
Here's AV's entire post practice presser...
Waiving the 36 year old backup goalie and 35 year old 13th forward hardly constitutes as a wake-up call in my opinion. Start benching some players, namely Del Zaster and Boyle/Pyatt, and that may send a message.
A message...absolutely. But also business decisions. Back-up goalies are like long relievers in baseball. They need to be ready to come into any game, but they also need to be dependable starters if the need arises. If they're not, then they are expendable. That's where Biron is now. He's not a reliable option, given the younger cheaper alternative in the AHL. And while Asham gave some solid effort in his brief stint, he was brought in for toughness and to annoy the other teams. He's showed little of either in his time, so again they have younger/cheaper alternatives with the Pack. If they start waiving people like Pyatt or Dorsett, or benching guys like More, MDZ, or Stepan, then there's a clear message that their play won't be tolerated. I also think AV is giving the team a chance to show they can he "his" players. Those that don't will probably be shown the door. The next month and a half will be interesting for sure!
I literally can't wait for this offseason in terms of hopefully dumping MDZ, Boyle, Pyatt and a lot of the other dead weight they are carrying.
Maybe send a couple people to Edmonton for Yakupov since he's been a healthy scratch for a few games?
Day late dollar short the press conference was posted on NHL news yesterday and if I'm the coach I sit 1 of each top three line players in a box to watch game from upstairs plus 2 defenseman no message sent until that is done
maybe the fact that Nash went on IR..the message is that our supposed "tough" guys need to know their role...I do wonder if coach V said anything on the bench after the elbow...no doubt Asham will now sign with Flyers or Icelanders and beat Nash's ass at MSG thgis season...
ya as soon as I saw the waivers I thought this was a message. hopefully the east coast brings better fortune!
After last season when the team lacked chemistry, how can you possibly say it won't have an impact on the success of the team? I think these players could easily quit on this coach if things do not drastically change soon. I also do think that this was to make cap space for what I'm sure will be another Sather error. Maybe he will put the beer vendor on a $4.4 million a year contract, God knows he may be the best player in the eyes of the fans....
I think it had a lot to do with cap room too. Everyone asking for AV's head is ridiculous. When players cant make simple passes with out it looking like they've never played before is not the coaches fault.
I think it was a good move, however I can't judge it completely until I see what he does next. I think he's making mistakes with the roster and we'll see how he fills these slots
@BrendyJohnson "I'm going to play my game. I'm not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don't like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don't think it's my game." I don't want Yakupov. I don't care how much skill he has. He won't bring a complete game or even half a game.
@giovani1stnhloverallpick We're close to the cap as it is. Who the hell will we play if everyone's scratched? Plus I think you can only have up to three healthy scratches.
why waive him when he can be traded and we can get something in return. Also why on earth would we ever trade DZ and Girardi for evander kane? loose more depth on defense makes sense 0_o
@R_DSheridan I'm sure it had a hand in it as well.
@rangersfan I haven't been impressed with a lot of what I've seen from AV so far, but we've got to give him at least till January before we're talking about firing him.