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.
12:29PM: According to Andrew Gross, Alain Vigneault confirmed that Taylor Pyatt has a concussion.
Gross also says that Moore skated this morning with Rick Nash.
11:40AM: The Rangers have tweeted that neither Dominic Moore or Taylor Pyatt are skating today at the Rangers practice.
Rick Nash is not skating with the group.
On MSG, Sam Rosen announced that Taylor Pyatt will not return tonight.
Pyatt took an elbow from Fedor Tyutin in the second period. Tyutin was called for elbowing and the Rangers scored on the ensuing power play.
Sam says that Pyatt is an “unsung player” who plays his role very well.
5PM: Alain Vigneault said today:
- On Taylor Pyatt, “We felt, in looking at how Brass had some success and were generating chances and a lot of that came on cycling at the other team’s end. Taylor can do that, he is a big body that can protect the puck, take the puck to the net and we felt that with the guys we had available he was our best suited guy to come in there and do the cycle and net presence that Cally was bringing to that line. Hopefully he will be able to do that for us.”
- On Pyatt and the Sedins in Vancouver, “I used him there a little bit. I talked to Taylor about that today. It was in the back of my mind. When he did play with the twins he was good on the cycle, good in front of the net and using his big body. That is what I am hoping he will be able to do with Brass and Richie. They scored Cally’s goal where it was a cycle, a 30 second cycle that wore the D down and finally Cally got in the open and put it in the back of the net. I am hoping that with Taylor we will be able to do that.”
John Moore was missing a bunch of teeth earlier in the season.
Pyatt was skating today with Brad Richards and Derick Brassard and spoke with the team’s website about what that will mean.
He said that he won’t change any part of his game and he wants to do what he wants to do and find a way to contribute offensively with two good players.
Pyatt added, “I wanna be strong on the board, go to the net, win battles…do some of the grunt work on the line and try to get the puck to them as much as possible. I’m not gonna be a guy who makes too many fancy plays. I play a pretty simple north/south game.”