Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has Alain Vigneault's explanation for a number of the final roster decisions...
“I thought Chris had a good camp but at the end of the day when we made the assessments who should stay here in what role we came to the conclusion that he’s a real young player and he needs to play. As much as I believe he’s real close and he probably could play at our level right now, he needs to play big minutes and good minutes and I felt with our group right now I wasn’t going to be able to give him those minutes.”
...that's actually very interesting. Makes sense that he'd rather have Kreider continuing his development in all situations with the Wolf Pack than sitting on the bench for long stretches in the NHL.
...i still feel that there should be a place for a guy with that speed and strength on the Rangers roster, but what the hell do I know.
“When I looked at what Fast did throughout training camp I really liked his hockey smarts and skill level. And being a right hander with Ryan not there for the start, I thought it was a good fit.”
...while Fast obviously made the team because of his skill, it's amazing that the clincher for him making the roster was that he's right handed. I can see him ping ponging between the Rangers and the Wolf Pack all season.
For Fast's reaction to making the team, click here.
“Miller just got better as camp went on and did some good things offensively. He still has a lot of work to do. He was able to put a foot in the door. We’ll see how he does in the battle to stay in the top 12 forwards.”
...top 12? He should easily be in the top 9 until Callahan and Hagelin get back.
“That was a challenging one. The player that really caught our attention, Conor Allen, wasn’t in Traverse City, didn’t catch our staff’s attention. But as soon as he stepped on the ice with us, he was good. Basically the job we had available was the seventh spot fighting to get into the top three pairs. (Allen) is a young guy. He needs to play. It’s an easy call up if we need him. Justin’s camp was all right. There’s room for improvement. He knows the situation.”
...oof, talk about backing onto the roster.
“I would say he did everything he could do, he came to camp in shape and put his best game on ice. We felt some of those younger players had a little more upside as far as talent and skill. We’ll start that way.”
...that's a fair explanation. Still must suck for Powe who played his ass off this preseason.
Here's Vigneault's entire presser...
To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.
The guys in the media scrum must be SOOO happy to have a coach who actually answers questions and treats them like human beings
As for Pyatt - maybe it's the fact that under AV in Vancouver, Pyatt enjoyed career highs? Nah, that would make too much sense. God forbid the Ranger fan base, you know, think rationally.
He is very PR savvy, he knows he can't get away with saying that he kept Pyatt because they are friendly. So he didn't mention him at all. Can't wait for this coach to get canned.
@TheNYRBlog Didn't talk about Asham, Boyle, Dorsett either.
@TheNYRBlog he did have an A in pre season. Need leadership w/ so many kids
@TheNYRBlog gotta be for leadership in the room
@TheNYRBlog the things about Fast being RH is something I've been saying for awhile the Rangers are too LH
Maybe this was posted or people saw this but it is pretty sad.
TSN analyst Ray Ferraro said on Leafs Lunch on Friday, “When I watch Brad Richards, he looks like is carrying a bowling ball around. I can’t believe he has gotten that sluggish, skating wise. I can’t believe it. When he has time and gets the puck on the half-wall on the power play or he has a little bit of time, you think that he has some pretty elite stuff.”
Ferraro points out a situation where the Canucks had a two on one shorthanded and David Booth, as he was entering the offensive zone, blew past Richards like “Richards was running up hill.”
“the biggest problem that Richards has is that he can’t create separation from whomever is checking him to just get enough space to make a play. He played with Rick Nash in the first couple of preseason games and apparently it was just mud and mud, nothing was going for them. Nash looked pretty good last night on a different line but I think they will have concerns with Richards this season. I still believe he can contribute on a PP or when he gets space, but at six-point- whatever million, I don’t know if he can create enough for my liking.”
Calling Glen Sather, Calling Glen Sather why is Pyatt on this team when cheaper better players are right in front of your face...ahh Mash......will one of the writers have the balls to ask AV this question as well
What the hell is this!! A coach that is forthcoming about decisions???? Come on, where's the gruff, where's the threats, we're the "I'm not telling you that" lines??? Forget the players, has anyone even bothered to ask how the media is adjusting to this new style?
So Fast is on the team until Cally gets back, and likely on the PP too, all because he's right handed. Well, AV is a believer in that, let's hope Fast can deliver. If Allen continues to develop with the Wolf Pack, MDZ or Stralman better not falter too much because he could take their minutes. Kreider better light it up with the Pack. If he does, he'll be back pretty quickly. Thought it was interesting to hear that he could play at the NHL level, but he basically wants him to be a top 6. Anti-Torts.
My hope is that Miller and Fast play well enough to force the team to cut 2 of 5 fourth liners when Callahan and Hagelin return.
It is to bad Mashinter made mistakes, he was a shot at size and toughness.
@TheNYRBlog Pyatt has nude pics of AV's wife. Only logical explanation.
@TheNYRBlog Pyatt better be off this team soon. I can't stand watching him each shift he takes. It's horrendous.
@TheNYRBlog it's probably a favor Dolan is doing for Isaiah Thomas
@TheNYRBlog cause he knows the answer is he beat out Mash. Which will anger the masses
I said last week if Falk made it, he would be backing in. What AV didn't mention was that we got hit part of his cap if he went down. I really think that played a part in it unfortunately.
As for your tweet in regards to Pyatt, I've said this before and I'll say it again - his roster spot was never in question. He was making the team as much as Boyle was. But just because they both have seats, doesn't mean they are guaranteed to keep them. In fact, those might be the two pushed out so that Miller & Kreider have permanent seats once Cally & Hags are healthy. Unless of course they show they deserved those seats in the first place.
@TheNYRBlog does Pyatt have any trade value what so ever. I don't understand why he is on the roster
Vigneault also said about Powe that he hopes Powe clears waivers "for selfish reasons." If he does, then expect him to be first call-up should a depth forward go down.
No. They got this right. It's not about Pyatt, it's about Kreider. They gotta learn him if we want him to be all he can be. Torts messed up with all the up and down, back and forth business. Anyway, Pyatt knows his job, Kreider is still learning his.
@Rangers3024 Don't want to see Kreider get 4th line minutes. If he can't earn top 3 time then he should be playing and learning in the minors.
@Sean_McKinney35 That's an interesting point.
Wow. A lot of Canadians and commenters on the TSN Hockey website absolutely flamed Tortorella for benching and sitting Richards, not really knowing the whole story...glad they are getting it up north.
Unfortunately, Mash is not better than Pyatt. Hopefully he will be soon. The great thing about Mash is he has shown that he has more than size and toughness -- he can actually play hockey at a certain level. The kid requires more development before he can approach Pyatt. I wanted to see Pyatt cut as much as the next guy, but experience counts for A LOT. Pyatt is poised and has a pretty good idea of what's going to happen. That helps him to be in position. Meanwhile, he is kind of a beast along the boards, if he could just make a play ... It was kind of a toss-up between him and Powe. None of the kids earned their spot over them, and most of them are better of getting AHL minutes anyway.
@MetSteveKrzyz He didn't beat out Powe, Lindberg or Kreider tho.
i could give a shit whether they're "getting it: up north ... but i would expect them to get their game
keep trying to convince us about Pyatt - seems you've convinced yourself (including and especially your last sentence). The only way your comment makes any sense is if Pyatt is the 13th forward.
And if I see AV playing Pyatt on the PP or worse yet on the PK, then I'll know AV was a big mistake.
@TheNYRBlog or me
@lennynyr @TheNYRBlog he mentions Asham a little if you watch the video.
That remains to be seen, Dan. A day of practice is one thing ...