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.




261 comments
metjetnet
metjetnet

FREE REX RYAN!!!!

FREE THE F.O. 10!!!!

FREE THE NYJ 53!!!!

Kramer Kent
Kramer Kent

If it isn't true then the jets have even bigger problems with John Idzik!! Means he has No clue on what he is doing

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

This story doesn't make sense to me at all. If Idzik really wanted Rex gone all season, he'd have insisted on it last season. Also, intentionally "sabotaging" the roster to get a coach fired? That's just an idiotic notion. You can't sabotage a coach without sabotaging your own future success, never mind the damage to your reputation.

amg5050
amg5050

This story sounds like it was developed and planted by Rex and his agents/supporters. As I said in another post; the only person who has sabotaged this team is Rex Ryan. He is incompetent HC, evaluator of talent other than defense linemen, and, has not coached up any players (perhaps other than Revis). He has blamed his failures on a litany of Offensive Coordinators and position coaches. Only this year, when his shortcomings are so obvious, has he begun to take responsibility for not having his team ready to play, very poor game planning, an inability to make adjustments during a game, and, really, the misuse of talent.


Rex Ryan has to be held accountable for all of the above, and, partially held accountable for the lousy roster at the end of the 2012 season. Rex Ryan has surrounded himself with lousy Offensive Coordinators and position coaches. Rex Ryan reminds me a lot of Dan Reeves at the end of his stint with the Broncos.....everyone else was to blame for his lack of success. I truly believe that Ryan wittingly has sabotaged this team, and, along with his minions, is willing to do it again by planting this BS story.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

Is there a way to ignore someone on here so their comments do not appear???

Mbj217Michael
Mbj217Michael

@SNYtv John Idzik needs to be taken to task for the trash he put on the field

Dante Bordieri
Dante Bordieri

"My biggest problem with Idzik’s reign — in the midst of any long-term planing around his coach — has been questionable draft results. Of the 19 picks used to date, five of them are no longer on the roster, three of them have played extremely poorly in extended time, and two young corners with injury histories have (surprise!) stayed injured."


If anyone is interested in Idzik's football acumen.... Look no further than that....("you are what your record says you are")


Even if he deprived Rex of talent for this year, horrible drafts only serve to hurt himself and his credibility as a GM..... The guy's a buffoon, as I've stated from his first press conference.........how anyone could not see right through him is beyond me....


Last time I commented on here was after the AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh so I have a lot to unload but I want to offer a "psychological" perspective on some things as the Rex Ryan era closes out so I hope you will find it interesting.


First a little bit of context: I am a training clinical psychologist in my last year of graduate school.  Before that I worked at one of the premiere financial establishments in the world for about 6 years before an existential crisis brought me to a new career (and I say this not to impress/pull a Belichek at all but because I think it comes bear/bare (?) in what I'm about to say shortly).


The immediately striking thing about Rex Ryan's tenure, to me, was the immediacy in which he changed the psychological culture of the Jets (and their fans) from woeful Eyore's to brash, badass trash talkers.  Some might point to the fact, and have already on this site, that he inherited a talented group of players, coalesced them, and gave them a strong, pronounced personality around which to galvanize and it was "easy" to make that group successful.  To me, the basic psyche of this franchise and its fan base desperately needed that aspect of Rex Ryan's personality.  I think of it like a pendulum - Rex Ryan's bravado was the perfect antidote to the apathy and catastrophizing that neurotic Jets fans had grown accustom to.  But, like a Greek tragedy, it was this great gift and hubris that also could have predicted Ryan's failures.


What do I mean by this?  Rex Ryan is a man who leads by "manipulating" emotion.  I don't mean that in a bad way - all coaches "manipulate"' emotions, that is, use them towards some specified end - hopefully winning games.  That's an aspect of emotional intelligence.  But when I truly realized Rex Ryan would not likely ever get over the hump was, sadly, after one of my fondest memories as a fan - when we beat the $!%^#! out of the Patriots in the Foxborough playoff game.  After the game, I can't remember which of the Patriots receivers made a remark about the Jets "having just played in their Superbowl."  I knew, at that moment, it was true.  Rex Ryan had amped up the players so much for that game, to me, there was no where left to go emotionally in terms of motivating them after that.  And what you saw in that Pittsburgh game, I believe, was burnout.  Even Rex Ryan himself said it after the game - the game plan was solid the execution was piss poor.  Over the yeas, Ryan has employed these types of tactics, time and time again.  And the problem with this type of motivational intervention is that it can't sustain itself in the long-term.  Let me share with you an example from the world of psychotherapy and how it relates not only to Ryan but the Jets organization as a whole, I believe.


In psychotherapy, one of the first things you do with a client is establish what's called a "therapeutic frame."  It refers to the nuts and bolts of what therapy will "look like" and what the client/patient should expect.  Basically it's fundamentals - how long each session will last, where it will take place, contingencies for contact, the price, etc.  The idea of the frame is meant to create consistency of expectations and foster an environment of trust in which the normal vicissitudes of therapeutic work can occur and the client can anchor themselves.  Great organizations, I believe, have a similar "frame" or culture - much like the financial institution where I worked - expectations were very clear from the outset and the pressure to "conform" to those standards was never mandated from above but from your peers and those around you.  It was inculcated in the day-to-day with your co-workers holding you to those standards.  The first time I didn't shave for work, I got pulled aside by my buddy and co-worker and told to get a razor at lunch time.  Authoritarian? Somewhat.  Effective?  Definitely.  In sports, teams like the Steelers and the Yankees are great examples of this...and examples of sustained success.The Jets are not. 


And though obviously not the entirety of the reason this franchise has not had success recently, I believe it explains a lot of why this franchise can not sustain success.  The Jets do not have a culture of consistency or clear expectations.  "Play like a Jet" was a good start but that usually was accompanied by manage like a buffoon (i.e. Tim Tebow I think I the perfect example of this grasping at straws mentality/quick fix mindset and an egregious one at that). 


I love this team. I consider myself an underdog and the Jets will always have that underdog feel.  I also grew up surrounded by Giants fans so maybe I'm also a contrarian.  Anyhow, I will close with this about Ryan: for all his faults, you saw how desperately he loved this team and cared about bringing a winning pedigree to it.  For that I am sincerely appreciative...and for the success of those first two years when the excitement of watching my team was something truly special. 


An interesting side note:  I saw Woody Johnson in a café I hit daily for Cappucino and it was only him hugging his kids tenderly that prevented me from approaching him with the comment "I wish your team protected me from tears as well as your shampoo does."   #snark

BrandonC79
BrandonC79

Well, this explains why Idzik put together a team that looks designed (no talent at CB at all) for Rex Ryan's defense to fall apart.  Idzik should be fired for this.  If he didn't want Rex, he should have put his foot down with Woody and fired Rex after last season.  Instead, he purposely put a team together that Rex could not win with.  If Woody had a hard time finding a qualified GM for this team, how in the world will he find a qualified HC to come to NY and work under a GM with documented history of sabotaging his coach?  


I live in Tennessee, but for some reason, I've been a Jets fan for as long as I can remember (about 30 years).  This finally may be the nail in the coffin of my fandom.  At least, until Idzik is gone.  Shouldn't be too long.

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

"Blow it all up."


AMEN. The only way to go.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Undermining your HC before the season even started? That's awful and, and Idzik should be ashamed. 

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?

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Yes, through custom CSS. I've done it in the past when certain people get really annoying.

steel_nyc
steel_nyc

@Mbj217Michael @SNYtv : He was the ONLY one Woody could find who would take the job while keeping the failure named Rex Ryan as Head Coach.  The JETS were a disaster before Idzik got here.  Too many are eager to displace the blame, for some misguided emotive connection with the incompetent Ryan.  But Rex Ryan is largely responsible for the failure as well.  We all remember the same voices now blaming everything on Idzik were telling us how great the JETS were going to be now that Ryan had VICK !  Yeah, they sort of forgot Rex Ryan has no idea how to lead, to coach, to develop, grow, produce the best offering, etc.  Ryan only provides dysfunction.  

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

So great to find a thoughtful post like this amidst a heap of the usual unproductive comments. Thank you.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

Thanks for the interesting post. Not many on here anymore it's just a back and forth between a few frequent posters.  

steel_nyc
steel_nyc

@BrandonC79 : Stop displacing the blame.  If Ryan were really a defensive guru, he would be able to develop the talent for the CBs.  Ryan is hugely responsible for the failure of the defense.  Idzik was the ONLY GM that Woody could find to work with Ryan.  Remember that.  No other GM of quality was going to come to the JETS with Ryan remaining as HC, as he is a disaster.  Utterly incompetent.

steel_nyc
steel_nyc

@Paul Samuels : But it is more desperate excuse playing for Ryan.  It is all rumor, and probably sourced by some Ryan entity to portray the failure as a victim.  Ryan plays the PR game all the time, but he cannot lead, cannot develop a team, cannot coach.

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.

steel_nyc
steel_nyc

@cippycups : Wait, I remember all the fellow JETS fans thrilled with the acquisition of VICK, telling us how Ryan finally had a quality QB, and we were going to be great.  Only now the same voices blame Idzik, as they remain in denial about the COACHING.  They aren't honest about Ryan, who is a compete failure.  Give him any QB, and the results will be the same.

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.

Ed D
Ed D

@steel_nyc @SNYtv Again you a factually incorrect


Thats what Mike Francessca said


Being able to spend on players and have final say on football decisions without Woody meddling and NOT being FORCED to TRADE REVIS were the reasons reported by people who actually TALKED to the candidates

Ed D
Ed D

@steel_nyc @BrandonC79 Peter King was on with Joe and Evan two Fridays ago...

guys turned the Jet job down NOT because of Rex, because they wanted the freedom to run the football side and be able to spend money WITHOUT the HINDRANCE OF WOODY JOHNSON...they didnt want to be FORCED to TRADE REVIS


The trading of Revis was a huge point of contention for the guys like Caldwell...not Rex Ryan

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

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. 

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)

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.

David Davis
David Davis

@Brendan @David Davis A very well run blog, judiciously run by Bassett, whose track record is impressive, regardless of how, for strategic purposes, you'd now like to run it down.

Bent
Bent moderator

@David Davis @Brendan


Sure, but if it was me rather than Bassett that had put up their reaction to the story you'd see from what I've written in the comments that I'm pretty skeptical about the accuracy of the story.  Would your viewpoint do a total 180 if that's what we'd put up on the front page?


Clearly it's something which is up for debate.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @David Davis @Brendan


At the same time, we can't be expected to operate on a similar plane to the rest of the media if we post stuff like "this is bogus!  Cannizaro is a hack and obviously made this up!"

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @David Davis @Brendan


I don't believe that anyway, just to be clear.  My detailed thoughts are on record elsewhere in this thread.


They probably wouldn't like that, no.  Somehow it's okay for certain media guys to take veiled shots at bloggers though.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se @David Davis @Brendan 

Not sure who these media guys who are taking veiled shots at bloggers are...

you have to think either Rex or someonme pretty close to him is the source or sources for Cannizaro's piece unless you really believe he just made stuff up.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @David Davis @Brendan Like I said elsewhere, I'm sure there is some truth to it, but the "he's been going round telling everyone this all along" part doesn't ring true.  


Clearly the information Cannizaro has got comes second of third hand and via Chinese Whispers has got warped along the way.  To what extent will remain a mystery.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se @David Davis @Brendan 

The everyone part is clearly exaggeration but the line that is accredited to rex rings true, namely,: Did he think this wouldn't get back to me???

I wouldn't be surprised if Idzik floated this a little to prepare for the future.