Update, 12:10 p.m.:
#NYR Lineup Update: Ryan Callahan returns from knee injury...J.T. Miller scratched...Lundqvist in goal..Del Zotto and Falk scratched on D— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 3, 2014
Alain Vigneault says Miller's been playing well but it's a numbers game.
...hey, at least Del Zotto's not playing.
Original Post, 10:00 a.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that once Ryan Callahan returns from injury, possibly as early as tonight in Pittsburgh, JT Miller is likely the odd man out.
Brooks speculates that Callahan would be inserted on the second line with Richards and Zuccarello, while Brassard would slide down to Miller's spot centering Benoit Poiliot and Carl Hagelin on the third line.
Brooks adds that Callahan could replace Kreider on the second power play unit or AV could move Stepan to the point on the second unit which would bump Moore or Stralman off the power play.
...i don't like this one bit. I know Callahan has to be put back into the lineup, but since Miller's return from Hartford he has stabilized the lineup and is the reason for improved play of both Pouliot and Hagelin. If he's a healthy scratch, what is the long term plan with Miller? Will he remain with the Rangers to be a perennial press box spectator or is he headed back to Hartford? Whether it's with the Rangers or the Wolfpack he needs to be playing. Maybe a fourth line role could be in his future with either Moore or Boyle taking a seat. I guess the depth is a good problem to have, but I'd hate to see a young promising prospect get screwed.
..it'll never happen, but Richards needs to be the guy in the press box. I know he had a big shootout goal in Florida, but he's not doing enough in regulation to warrant a guaranteed spot in the lineup. He's currently scoreless in the last 11 games with a -7.
...taking Kreider off the power play would be the height of stupidity. Stepan at the point, while I don't love that idea, is the better option.
How can anyone in their right mind say there is no room on this roster for Miller. .. they must not be watching the games. .... Cause I can name a few. BOYLE. Moore Richards.....Stepan...who can't win a face off to save his life, holds the puck to dawn long..for the most part and had the nerve to hold out.
To answer the quandary of how we trade Del Zero... u package him with another player and a Draft pick....listen people we can get something decent back... a physical player Draft picks whatever. What I know is DelZero has wrote his own death sentence by his play... and behind the scenes crying on why he sits. ...play better idiot and u wouldn't be sitting.
we have rile players playing important mins and positions...We have over achieved in many aspects under Torts bit ad Bill Parcells said. U are what ur record says u are. We are a mediocre team
Miller can be a good 3 line center. He skates hard is physical and can put up some points
I don't like this either and completely agree. I'd bump Brassard down and keep J.T. I thought that was so obvious I didn't even give it much thought. Oh well.
what the fudge are they going to do with DZ?? What GM with eyeballs is going to give anything for him? The only way they can unload him is along with a better player/prospect or a high draft pick. Oi what a mess
I totally agree with you Kevin. Richards should be in the press box and Miller should be playing with his line intact. I'm beginning to wonder about AV's decision making. The team was playing good in the last couple of games and should not be tinker with until they lose. I disliked Tortarella's line changing and now we're going through the same with AV. It's just frustrating. Keep the young players in the lineup and let them progress.
OOOOO - I don't like this for several reasons, everything you said Kevin plus. wasting Zucc on Richey's line. Cally's a 3rd line player - not an insult but rather a compliment to his workhorse responsible style who can chip in 25 a season. There's more but OMG, lets build some chemistry on our lines so we can split up those lines AV. Come on!!!! I'm on my last nerve with this coach!
Time to send HORSETEETH packing. With the exception of the shootout goal he has done nothing but prove he needs to be bought out. Send him home before he gets hurt and then we can't buy him out.
@TheNYRBlog as well as the fourth line has played, I gotta believe Miller is better than anyone on that line, no?
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@TheNYRBlog dare I say Caly needs to earn his spot back on the power play. He hasn't exactly been great when healthy so far
@TheNYRBlog Seems almost likely that MDZhas played his last game with NYR. I was wrong there and you were right. Good to see Allen step up!
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Lol... Richards was 0 for 8 on faceoffs at one point the other night. A shootout goal doesn't mean shit. The guy is not a talented hockey player anymore and is dragging this team down with his contract (severely handicapped this team this year by not buying him out). I am praying he stays healthy so that we can buy him out
@AnnoyingJoe There are a lot of bonehead GMs out there.... awful trades are made regularly. Remember our all star blue liner from Ottawa Wade Redden? I can imagine Ottawa fans saying the same thing we are saying about Del Zotto when we made that epic blunder.... Granted Wade had a track record, but could we have been stupider??!!
@Betweentheworlds What a dilemma. What to do with Miller? Actually, we should just keep the lines the same and stick Callahan on the fourth line with Miller and Boyle and see what happens. Why tinker with success? Cally is a very good player. He should make Miller and Boyle play better and if they do, we have a super fourth line!
@Rangers_54 Richards WAS a very good player and he has shown moments of great play this season. But the Kaleta incident accelerated his deterioration. Now, Richards has lost a step and is playing without convictions. He is just a good player, not even as good as Hagelin in my opinion. Now I know why Torts put him on the fourth line... but he is too dainty to play on the fourth line. Until he demonstrates that he can change a game with his determination and skill, he is third line player, at best.
@fargas30 @TheNYRBlog I think MIller should replace Moore. I like Moore, but outside of face-offs, which granted is important, he is invisible. I guess that is why he bounced around more NHL teams than anyone else I know.... he has spurts of very good play. But as he has gotten older, those spurts are far and few between.... I think we should take more risk with Miller.... I think he is an energy guy and he can contribute as well, if not better than Moore. Moreover, Boyle can play - when he wants too. And Dorsett is a decent player too. Putting Miller on the 4th line with Boyle and Dorsett is a helluva lot better than sitting him in the press box or sending him down.... either of those two options let's him tread water. NO RISK NO REWARD.
If it was 2 weeks ago Pouliot wouldve been the easy scratch, i think they could sit Moore,Boyle or Dorsett it would be a tossup. I think dorsettts game has fell of as of late
we already are not playing Miller... there is no space anywhere for him on our roster
@LanceGold1 But Konopka would have been a good fit here. I think others call him a "sandpaper" player, which is a needed element in successful teams. Someone needs to get down and dirty and stick up for teammates and intimiadate the opposition.... the Rangers of late look like a woman's hockey team. Just no aggressiveness or anger when taken advantage of.... we just sit back and cry, for the most part when intimidated.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne He and Nash are taking up a lot of ice time doing nothing, creating nothing and playing like third line players. I honestly think Richards might be nearing his "used by date" and needs a change in scenery away from New York. He needs to be NOT resigned for next year... it is so obvious, even Sather should see this.
@TheJamesLeBlanc @TheNYRBlog Cally is a bundle of energy, but he gets injured way too often. And the older you get, the more easily you get injured and the longer it takes to recover.... Cally's aggressive style is much needed, but for how much longer will he be worth it? The chances of him getting reinjured before the season is over because of his aggressive style is very very high, unfortunately....
@Chris_Roche @TheNYRBlog When I saw Allen play the other day, I caught glimpses of Brian Leetch. Connor is a stable defensive guy who plays a conservative game. As he gains confidence, he could take more risks and attack more aggressively when appropriate.... he might never be as good as Brian Leetch, but his style is reminiscent of Brian's.... not a bad thing to be!!!!
Actually a pretty smart move. Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Bobby Orr wouldn't be able to help that team (well, maybe a little). Getting Konopka sounds like they're setting up to trade him at the deadline to a team that needs a rugged face-off guy for the playoffs and then the Sabres get another pick or young player in return. Smart business move for very little cost.
@Kevin DeLury The last thing the Sabres need is Konopka. They are a dreadful team with the likes of John Scott running around maiming people.... Konopka adds zero value to the Sabres.
Which tells me that Buffalo is looking to set up a trade of Steve Ott, maximizing his value before his UFA kicks in, as any intelligent organization would... except ours. Does anyone else wonder what Glen Sather does all day?
Most trades in the NHL these days are washes. You get back what you give up. Unless its a Nash or Gaborik for 3 lesser pieces of equal dollar value, whatever you give up is what you're basically going to get in return.
Del Zaster is simply a young defenseman with some upside who needs a fresh start. We'll get someone else's problem child in return. Go find another Derek Brassard. High draft pick, completely underpeforming, in need of some new teammates.
@BRING BACK DUBI @TheNYRBlog Poor Derek Dorsett. He is being asked to do too much. His role is cloudy. I imagine he was to be the 2013 version of Sean Avery, but he has ended up trying to be the 2013 version of Darren Langdon and Sean Avery. Sather does not realize that poor Derek CANNOT play the roles of both heavyweight enforcer, and abrasive Kenny Linesman type of player. Both are important, but one person cannot do both roles. And with every team just licking their chops to line up and ram Nash or Richards we are just sitting ducks. How many times do our star players have to be beat up before we finally raise the white flag and say, bring us a Patrick Bordeleau type player???
@gravey94 @Kevin DeLury I think you are giving the Sabres management too much credit. They have been trying to make "smart moves" for a long time, yet their team looks awful. Seems like they set themselves up for good trades and end up looking more like the Islanders than anything worth talking about. Why would you trade for a guy who was put on waivers to stockpile for future trades? Shouldn't you be stockpiling either skaters with better value? Or better yet, trade away decent older players like Vanek for younger players with higher upside? Seems like the Sabres really do not know what they were doing. If they did, they would not be such a bad team today.
@MikeBlue @Kevin DeLury Sather is doing his best, which might not be good enough. He is a throwback to the 1970s where people used pencil and paper to figure out who they needed and who they wanted to get rid of to fill in a competitive roster. It takes Sather ten times as long to figure out what the team needs and then to identify the appropriate candidate... what we need as a GM is someone who can make the right decision fast, based on real time info and a sound strategy for today's fast, tough game. Sather lives too much in the past and does not have the tools or the mental agility to keep up with the rest of the league.
@DaveFL @JoeyKocur It is such a glaring weakness about our team. Sather knows it is an issue. He only thinks about it when one of our guys gets injured by someone who takes liberties like a Lucic or Stuart. When Brian Boyle answered the bell and confronted Chara, I was almost laughing. It was pathetic. Chara almost felt sorry for Boyle.
LaFontaine was hired in November. He hired Ted Nolan. That alone tells you that this is different management than in the past. Vanek was walking this season anyway. They didn't trade for Konopka, they claimed him. If they can turn that into another draft pick or 2 (later rounds), then it's a win for them. They already have 3 first round picks (possibly all top 10) and 6 2nd round picks in the next 2 drafts, AND they have Miller and Moulson still as chips. For a team that's in full blown re-build mode, you couldn't ask for anything better.