Read: The Rangers and JT Miller’s Long Term Development

At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters looks at JT Miller and the role he could have for Team USA at the World Junior Championships…..if the Rangers allow him to play in the tournament. (Note: Reports said yesterday that Miller would be allowed to play.)

Peters writes “When it comes to first-round picks like Miller, the investment a team makes is a big one, so no one can blame the Rangers for doing whatever they want with their property.”

On why he thinks the Rangers should allow Miller to play, Peters says that the experience of playing in the tournament this year, against many players who should be playing in the NHL right now and that Miller would have a major role for Team USA playing in all situations and being in a leadership role.

Miller would miss nine games with the Whale but play in six or seven high pressure, competitive games for Team USA.

The Rangers refused to let Evgeny Grachev play for Russia in his first season in Hartford and ended up regretting the move.

THIS SECTION is about all things JT Miller.




195 comments
upstater
upstater

If this story is true, Idzik should be fired immediately and permanently blackballed from the league. Undermining the team so he can fire the coach? That's fraud, not to mention classless.

cippycups
cippycups

If it was up to fans how to run this organization...we'd have Henne, Kolb, Derrek Anderson....Who am I missing?

privatejet
privatejet

And yeah Bass, BLOW IT ALL UP!!!

jaym
jaym

@AlbertBreer

Crazy thing ... 2 local natives -- Tom Gamble/Brian Gaine -- with big scouting backgrounds woulda walked over hot coals to get Jets GM job.

Lets hire another team of non football guys to pick the next head coach

privatejet
privatejet

I've been saying it for weeks that this was Idzik's plan all along. That's the only way to explain the sheer incompetence displayed by this glorified accountant.

Andrew LaForge
Andrew LaForge

My thought is, if Idzik knew he was going to fire Rex all season long...why not just fire him after last season then? Why put us through this garbage. What the heck was the point of this season then!? So beyond stupid. I really hope that Woody can shape up and can Idzik too. This team needs an overhaul. Can Woody actually be satisfied with the job Idzik is doing, and presents himself? I mean did he watch his press conference!? *facepalm*

WW85
WW85

5 weeks until Black Monday? The only thing I have to look forward to is Idzik getting fired. Piece of garbage tried to outthink this game and Billy Beane his way to some sort of success eventually He sacrificed this season which a competent GM could have sent us to the playoffs. I've been ranting about this scum since Week 3 and I was pretty angry in the pre season as well. Rex coached poorly as well but when you're dealt a hand this awful we were winning 8 games at most

Bent
Bent moderator

There's holes all over this story, but to me it sounds like an urban myth.  


Sources are telling me that people are saying that Idzik has been telling people all along that...


Nah.


I expect there's a ring of truth to this and Idzik would perhaps liked to have had his coach all along but they're not trying to lose on purpose.  You're telling me they went out and identified Patterson as their free agent target at corner, knowing he would go AWOL?  Or that he anticipated the other injuries at corner would happen?


And "he had $20m of cap room left over" is a misnomer too.


First of all, he subsequently spent approximately one third of that amount on Harvin.  If Idzik kept that money in his pocket just to screw Rex then why on earth would you make the Harvin move at 1-6?


Also, teams generally keep a buffer of about $5m anyway so right now they're not carrying that much over what they would be anyway.


In addition, there was a justifiable reason to carry some over, that being the fact that the Jets have a high number of free agents to re-sign next year and a couple of guys who will want long term extension.  Had they splurged all of that $20m on guys that won't contribute beyond the next couple of years, they'd be struggling to keep the young nucleus (defensive line, essentially) together going forward.


The writing is on the wall for Rex, but this is based on sourced information from sources who are probably exaggerating or assuming to some extent.

cippycups
cippycups

But why would any coach come here knowing the GM is on the hot seat?

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Richardson pick:  Adding Richardson was a positive....moving Coples back into the LB was a negative.  Hard to call the pick on 'overall' grand slam.


You mean to say Rex knew he was being fired 'no matter what'?  I doubt it.  This is one of those end-of-season BS stories.  If Rex was to be fired at the end of this year he would have been fired at the end of last.  No football person looks at last year as an 8-8 performance.

Bent
Bent moderator

@upstater


Pretty sure it isn't 100% accurate.


Like someone else said "he's been telling people all along" would mean the information would have come out much sooner.

Bent
Bent moderator

@cippycups


The absolute worst possible move they could have made would have been to sign Jairus Byrd.  They'd be $10m in the hole and still with the same crappy secondary because Byrd played terribly for a couple of weeks then got hurt again and missed the rest of the season.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jaym


That is crazy considering how many people here were adamant that the top prospects turned the Jets down.


I don't know about Gaine, but Gamble was their top choice until he airballed his interview.

Bent
Bent moderator

@privatejet If this was his plan all along and he's executed it as planned, then is that really incompetence?

a57se
a57se

@Andrew LaForge 

Becvause rex will be the scapegoat for a lousy season...why bring in a new guy to coach this team when Idzik wasn't going to commit the resources?

WW85
WW85

Idzik gambled on Harvin because he realized he had gone too far and saw his own death sentence if he didn't try to do something. The guy gives a HC who relies more on CBs than any other exactly ZERO reliable CBs. It's a farce. The NYJ had a team capable of going to the playoffs this year if Iszik had done his job

jaym
jaym

@Bent 

What do you expect from Cannizzaro and the Post? But it sells papers.

If Bradway stays I am DONE with this team.

Brendan
Brendan

@cippycups Guys want their shot. Maybe it keeps away elite coaches, so the Jets have to look in the college ranks for an innovative offensive mind? Might not be the worst thing? 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@cippycups

Good point.

williamg1
williamg1

Let's not forget it took us trading Revis to get the Richardson pick.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@Mark Phelan "If Rex was to be fired at the end of this year he would have been fired at the end of last."


Idzik did not want to bring his new coach into a four win team. If he thought 2015 was the year to save money for, why not let Rex bridge the gap?

cippycups
cippycups

@Brendan @cippycups For what it's worth...I'm on the Jake Locker new situation and healthy experiment....so when he fails someone else point all fingers to this guy right here for making that terrible call

a57se
a57se

@Bent @jaym 

I guess he didn't answer the cap questions good enough...too bad that shouldn't be the criteria.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent And he ended up taking a lateral move to Philly. Either that guy is just a really good scout and can't do anything else, or he truly wanted to go to Philly (he said it's his dream job or something along those lines since his career started there). 

Andrew LaForge
Andrew LaForge

@a57se @Andrew LaForge But it would have been Idziks choice of coach, and then wouldn't he want to use his resources to make sure the new coach does well to also make Idzik look good?

Bent
Bent moderator

@WW85 But it hasn't helped their W/L record, so you're suggesting Idzik is gone?  And if he is, whether or not he was going to fire Rex all along is irrelevant because he won't be here to do it.

williamg1
williamg1

Right: a GM on the hot seat won't turn them away. But a billboard will.

cippycups
cippycups

@Brendan @cippycups I would imagine though that those guys just looking for their shot are farther down the list of talented coaches....right?

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 He was gone no matter what, you can't blame that on Idzik. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@williamg1

Great trade though right?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se He's not getting fired because a potentially fake story came out in a local gossip paper. If you can prove it, that's a different story. 

Brendan
Brendan

@cippycups I'm a fan of "sign a veteran and take a QB in the 1st round" strategy. I don't necessarily even care who the players are, just follow that plan. Rookie QB's almost always stink, let them ease into the starting role. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @jaym


I don't know about this.  


Everybody's all "we need a football guy not a cap guy".


We had that with Bradway.  The team fell apart because he couldn't handle the cap.


Don't vacillate between football guy and cap guy, get someone who does both (or at least one of each to work in tandem).  Otherwise, I don't want him.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se It absolutely should be in the criteria, it's a huge portion of his job. 

WW85
WW85

@Bent @WW85 Idzik thought he could muddle along to 6-10 7-9 & then spend some cash in 2015. When the fans revolted, he picks up Harvin. It was too late & the team's secondary was irreparable at that point. Yeah, Idzik went way too far sacrificing 2014 & he deserves to lose his job. The lack of CBs is just one issue, the horrid talent evaluation, the forcing Rex to play Geno, etc.  

williamg1
williamg1

The fact that the trade hasn't helped the record makes you realize we just wasted $7M this year, in hopes that we may be able to retain him in the future.

Brendan
Brendan

@cippycups Not necessarily, but I assume the BIG names (Saban, Gruden, etc.) wouldn't take the job. But a guy like Briles? If you told him he gets to hand-pick his QB? Maybe a college coach on that level would do it. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan

Getting a high 1st rd pick plus a 4 was a great trade and no one else was offering anything per reports.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

If woody goes to rex and asks if this is true and rex says YES, I think that would be enough proof...

cippycups
cippycups

@Brendan @cippycups Yeah I heard/read something interesting about QBs in college running a lot of zone reads now...which make the learning curve to the NFL so much bigger now. I heard Bill Parcells comment that "you can only take what the colleges are giving you" when it comes to the rookie QBs.


But he seemed to be in favor of sitting rookies and letting them learn instead of throwing them to the wolves (I feel a like that's become a pun on TJB now)

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1


I expect they intended to target another offensive playmaker in the offseason anyway so when Harvin became available they locked him up then with a view to having the inside track on retaining him going forward.

cippycups
cippycups

@Brendan @cippycups That's what would concern me though about taking the job. The coach might choose his QB and never get time to develop him if the regime starts all over year 2

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se That wouldn't be proof of Idzik's motives. 

Brendan
Brendan

@David Davis I'm not saying it IS fake, it's potentially fake. And a fan-run blog posting something and agreeing with it doesn't mean it's true or accurate. The team isn't a blog and isn't firing people based on a single story. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@cippycups

I heard that interview on Mike and Mike.