1:04PM: Pyatt spoke this morning after practice (Penguins)
- “it’s definitely going to be a little weird playing your old team right off the bat but I am looking forward to a fresh start and playing the old team right away and getting it out of the way.”
- On his reaction, “I was excited to be able to come to a team like this, first in the conference, a Stanley Cup contender everyone has been great. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind this morning, getting settled and I am looking forward to getting out there.”
- Do you know any of the Penguins, “Robert Bortuzzo is from the same home town and I have met James Neal before so I know a few of the guys.
Pyatt speaks about his time with the Rangers below
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed winger Taylor Pyatt from the Rangers (Elliotte Friedman)
Pyatt is a UFA at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $1.55 million.
The Rangers, according to Cap Geek, after losing Pyatt have $2.669 million in cap space.
The Rangers play the Penguins tomorrow night.
Adam Rotter: The most important thing about Pyatt being claimed is that all of his salary comes off the books for the Rangers. Had he been sent to Hartford the Rangers would have had $625,000 in dead cap space.
Taylor Pyatt has been placed on waivers by the Rangers. (Larry Brooks)
Pyatt last played on 12/12.
Glen Sather and Pyatt were chatting in the locker room a few weeks ago.
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Ryan Callahan may be returning this weekend. (Brooks)
Glen Sather was in the Rangers locker room and talking with scratched forward Taylor Pyatt (Pat Leonard).
Pyatt is not one of the players on waivers today (Bob McKenzie).
Alain Vigneault said that “to his knowledge” nothing was happening with Pyatt. (Leonard)
Pyatt is a UFA at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $1.55 million this season. He has played in four games in December and is averaging over 9:30 per game.
He has played in 6 of a possible 10 games since returning from his concussion.
According to reports from the Rangers morning skate, Pat Leonard and Steve Zipay, John Moore and Taylor Pyatt are expected to be healthy scratches for the second straight game.
Both Moore and Pyatt were scratched during the Rangers 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Michael Del Zotto and Derek Dorsett, who replaced Moore and Pyatt, will stay in the lineup.
4:42PM: Following practice today, Alain Vigneault told Andrew Gross that from what he has been told, Taylor Pyatt is ready to re-join the Rangers lineup.
Pyatt tells Ranger Rants that he feels good and is just getting used to taking bumps again.
3:07PM: Taylor Pyatt joined his teammates for a full practice this morning in Tampa Bay and Alain Vigneault said after, via the team’s website, that Pyatt has been cleared for all activity and should be ready to return to the Rangers lineup soon.
Pyatt said, via Ranger Rants, that he enjoyed skating with his teammates and that his symptoms after the hit were “fogginess and headaches” for the first few days.
He added that there is currently no timetable for his return to the lineup.
Adam Rotter: I don’t think Taylor Pyatt is in a position, like Rick Nash was, that when he is healthy he bumps someone out of the lineup. Pyatt is a depth player and while he doesn’t score, he is effective at playing his game and doing things. JT Miller will and should be sent down as soon as Pyatt is ready and then Alain Vigneault will see who is playing well and who isn’t and the guy who isn’t playing well will sit and Pyatt will get a chance.
According to Pat Leonard and Andrew Gross, Taylor Pyatt has joined his teammates in Tampa Bay.
Pyatt has been skating for about the last week and Alain Vigneault said that it was likely Pyatt would join the team on the trip.
Pyatt is not expected to play until he goes through some more practices and may not until after the road trip ends.
According to Andrew Gross, at Ranger Rants writes that Taylor Pyatt skated for the third straight day today.
Pyatt is not with the team on the road trip and skated back in New York but Alain Vigneault said yesterday that if Pyatt continues to progress he could join the Rangers later on in the trip and start skating with the full group.
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10:24AM: Pyatt, according to Larry Brooks, skated before the Rangers took the ice for their morning skate.
10:18AM: Pat Leonard notes that Taylor Pyatt is skating this morning as he recovers from the concussion he suffered against the Blue Jackets.
It was reported earlier in the week that Pyatt has been feeling better but has no timetable for a return.
Pyatt is currently on IR.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Taylor Pyatt is feeling better after suffereing a concussion in the Rangers win over Columbus.
Brooks writes that Pyatt went to Michigan to see Dr. Kutcher, the doctor who saw Rick Nash last month and is the person the Rangers send their players to,
He says that there is currently no timetable for a return to the lineup for Pyatt
Pyatt is on IR and this is the third concussion of his career, he missed four games in 2003 with a concussion and missed the last game of the 2008 season with a concussion.
He is a UFA at the end of the season.
Pyatt has played in 16 games this season, has 1 assist, 20 shots, 15 hits and is averaging 13:32 per game.
He is also a minus eight and has been on the ice for, at 5 on 5, 2 goals for and 9 goals against and when Pyatt is on the ice, the Rangers only have 45.6% of the shot attempts.
Pyatt, via Extra Skater, is starting 42.1% of his shifts in the neutral zone, 34.8% in the defensive zone and 23% in the offensive zone.