12:51PM: Leslie Treff notes that Kreider, Miller and Jesper Fast will all be with the Whale shortly.
12:49PM: John Shannon tweets that nothing should be read into the Rangers sending Kreider and Miller down to Hartford. He notes that the team is concerned with their development.
12:20PM: Katie Strang notes that both Miller and Kreider have been sent down.
John Tortorella spoke about how he wasn’t sure he could play Kreider and Miller in all the close games down the stretch.
Adam Rotter: This was expected and just because they were sent to Hartford today, doesn’t mean that one or both could be back next week. The fact is, Kreider and Miller need to play a lot and the Rangers are in a position right now where they can’t/don’t want to live with the mistakes that they may make. Having them on the fourth line or benched does nothing for anyone. This team is trying to make the playoffs and in the eyes of John Tortorella, right now the negative is outweighing the positive in their game.
12:14PM: According to The AHL Transaction Wire, JT Miller and Chris Kreider have been sent to Hartford.
This could only be a paper transaction so that they stay available to the Whale in the playoffs.
Allan Muir writes at SI.com that the rules have changed and teams do not need to make paper transactions anymore, “NHL clubs still have to decide which eligible players they want to participate in the chase for the Calder Cup, but they won’t have to worry about the paper transactions — sending players down to the A and then recalling them in time to play that night — that used to take up valuable time on the busiest day of the year.”