There's been a lot of speculation about who will take Mats Zuccarello's (broken hand) spot in the lineup for the next two weeks. The two most obvious are Derek Dorsett and JT Miller.
Alain Vigneault gave us some insight into his thinking after practice yesterday (via New York Post)...
“If there’s a chance [Dorsett] can play, than we have 12 healthy forwards, so we’ll probably stay that way.”
...welp, there you go folks. If Dorsett is healthy he fills in for Zuccarello and Miller likely stays put in Hartford. Can't say I agree as Dorsett does nothing to fill the offensive void left by the Hobbit's injury.
...this is going to put a lot of pressure on Nash to once and for all step up his game and become the guy the Rangers traded two very solid players for. Although, maybe the player the Rangers are getting in return for Callahan allows them the benefit of going with more bite in the lineup with Dorsett.
Meanwhile, Marc Staal sat out the second straight practice with back spasms. Vigneault continues to note it's nothing serious.
Its not just scoring that needs to be substituted, its playmaking. So Miller or Jesper Fast would be better.
@TheNYRBlog For a team that struggles to score makes sense to play a bonafide scorer like Dorsett
@TheNYRBlog me too, Dorsett is horrible and is a waste of a lineup spot!!
@TheNYRBlog You're right. It should be Miller time!
Put Dorset on the 4th with boiler at center and move Dom up to 3rd line center with brass at wing... Should work, but not sure it's ideal.
@TheNYRBlog thoughts on boomer saying cally 90% done
@TheNYRBlog we already have carcillo in the lineup Dorsett cannot play above 4th line.
@TheNYRBlog ...when we buy out Richards.
@TheNYRBlog who knows, rumors around things are going to change real fast according to boomer
@TheNYRBlog tough call. Before injury he was grinding well, minimizing penalties. I think JT Miller comes back next season...
@TheFanfave Boomer has a great track record, so sadly Callahan looks to be out the door. Which is insane for me to comprehend.
Not really I mean the guy is asking for too much money in my eyes he's not worth 6.5+
@TheFanfave Thinking maybe Pacioretty or Eric Staal.