If JT Miller is to have a career with the Rangers it will be as a winger and not a center since the Rangers have four NHL centers and Chris Mueller and Oscar Lindberg in Hartford. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)
The Rangers are in need of a winger with size, speed and grit, all of which Miller possesses. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)
As mostly a center in Hartford, Miller has six goals and eight assists in 16 games with a minus four rating and 39 shots on goal.
Alain Vigneault said in October that Miller was sent to Hartford to get more experience at center and that his likely future spot with the Rangers would be in the middle.
He added that Miller is already comfortable as a winger.
For more on Miller, CLICK HERE.
Following the Rangers win over the Flyers on Wednesday, Mike Milbury said on NBCSN that the Rangers showed they are better than how they played in their previous few games.
He said that the Rangers are better “when they play responsibly, they manage the puck better, don’t take too many chances and cash in on the PP.”
- To read what Milbury and Keith Jones said about the Rangers before the game, CLICK HERE.
Dave Maloney said on ESPN Radio, “you are one game removed from the end of the world. You need to take it period by period and game by game until you know what you are as a team.”
Former Ranger Benoit Pouliot blocked a Marek Zidlicky shot last night and broke his foot. (Oilers)
The Oilers are listing him as out indefinitely.
Pouliot signed a five-year deal worth $20 million with Edmonton over the summer.
For more on Pouliot, CLICK HERE.
In talking about Marty St. Louis, Derick Brassard said that Marty is very demanding of his teammates and linemates on the ice. (NY Post)
St. Louis said that he knows he is demanding and expects a lot but “that’s the only way to be.” (NY Post)
- For more on how Marty works with his teammates, click HERE, HERE and HERE.
St. Louis said that he feels comfortable as a Ranger and no longer feels as if he is trying to be perfect on the ice. He said that trying to be perfect when he first got to the Rangers was counter productive. (NY Post)
He has points in three straight games and 9 in 10 games in November.
Derek Stepan has one goal and five assists in 7 games since returning from a broken leg.
He has points in five of the seven games and is at 45% on faceoffs.
Stepan said that he is feeling better each game but he is still going through a process of trying to catch up to his teammates who had a 10 game head start. He said that as he continues to play he will feel more comfortable mentally and physically. (NYR)
He said that while this is a different circumstance from missing training camp last year, he has learned that simplifying his game and relying on his teammates helps.
Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Stepan played really well against Claude Giroux’s line on Wednesday and that he sees Stepan as a player who still has a lot of room to grow as a player. He said that he expects Stepan is on the upswing of his career.
Stepan is an RFA after the season and some think that he will get $6 million per year in his next contract.
The NHL has announced that tonight’s postponed Rangers/Sabres game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7PM.
The Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks the night before.
From the Rangers: “NEW YORK, November 21, 2014 – The National Hockey League announced today that the game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres, initially scheduled for November 21, 2014, will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.”
Former Rangers Justin Falk described his time with the team last season as “an adventure.” (Star Trib)
He said that the opportunity with the Rangers was not what he was hoping it would be and he feels that he didn’t take a step forward last year. (Star Trib)
Falk was not given a qualifying offer by the Rangers and signed a two-way contract to return to Minnesota.
He played in 21 games for the Rangers and averaged 11:55 per game with two assists, a minus five, 20 PIM, 39 hits and 28 blocked shots.
Falk only played once in 2014, in the last game of the season when the Rangers gave Dan Girardi a rest.
This season Falk has played 3 games for the Wild and 12 games in the AHL.