While meeting with the media in Buffalo today, Alain Vigneault said (Ranger Rants) that while none of the three of John Moore, Michael Del Zotto or Justin Falk have shown they can play in the top four, Moore is the one who is closest.
Vigneault said that Moore went through a rough patch but is a young player with a lot of upside.
In terms of Falk and Del Zotto in the lineup, Vigneault said that it depends on what he thinks the team needs more bite or puck moving.
Adam Rotter: So it seems as if Moore, even after a little rough patch and being scratched, is the number 5 defenseman and Falk and Del Zotto are battling for the 6 spot. Moore has the same kind of skill set as Ryan McDonagh but doesn’t seem to have the same level of hockey IQ or strength in his own zone yet. There is a lot of upside there, John Tortorella thought that in the future he would be the steal of that trade, and Alain Vigneault wants him to tap into it.
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.
The Rangers have announced that Cam Talbot is starting in goal today against the Canucks.
It is the first home start for Cam Talbot.
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Michael Del Zotto returns to the Rangers lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games and John Moore is a healthy scratch.
Derek Dorsett returns to the lineup after missing the past two games with a wrist injury. Taylor Pyatt is scratched.
Below is an image of John Moore being tended to on the bench with a very bloody nose
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Moore went to stick check the puck and the puck went up his stick and hit him in the mouth.
Last year in the playoffs, Moore lost six teeth after taking a puck to the face.
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When the Rangers acquired John Moore, John Tortorella said that he was very intrigued by Moore because he was the player that he knew the least about.
Tortorella said the one thing he knew about Moore is that he is a “terrific” skater.
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline writes that Moore is a “elite skater” and has a “textbook stride” that indicates he could be playing big minutes for a long, long time.”
Jim Matheson, in the Edmonton Journal, spoke with a scout who said that he would pay to watch Moore skate around the ice.
In the 2011 THN Future Watch, Moore was ranked the 35th overall prospect and third Blue Jackets prospects. They wrote of him, “Moore’s skating ability is special and it will be his ticket to the NHL. It earned him a look this season and will give him a spot in 2011-12. The Blue Jackets were interested to see how the swift, slender Moore would handle the rigors of the pros. The early returns are positive. After a slow start, Moore has been very good against older players, logging heavy minutes. It’s unlikely Moore will ever be a big point producer at the top level, but his mobiliry and puck-movement are made for today’s NHL and are desperately needed in Columbus.”
Eddie Olcyzk said on NBC Sports that Moore is a “really good skater” but still learning the game from the defensive zone. Eddie O added, “he can make that first good outlet pass. He still needs to find and understand coverage but he gets a big opportunity to come to NY. He will bring some offensive ability to the back end.”
Pierre McGuire said on TSN that Moore is a defenseman who is almost as good a skater as Ryan McDonagh.
THIS SECTION is all about John Moore.
In the latest issue of The Hockey News, with David Clarkson on the cover, Taylor Rocca chatted with Rangers defenseman John Moore as he prepares for his first full season with the Rangers.
Moore said that his focus during the offseason was on his quickness, conditioning and cardio and that he felt he got a bit too big preparing for last season.
He added that he is working towards establishing himself as a full-time member of the Rangers defense.
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In the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Arace wrote about how the three former Blue Jackets, Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett, found out that they were traded to the Rangers.
Arace said that Brassard, Moore and goalie Steve Mason (traded to Philly) were watching TSN together when all three of their phones rang at the same time.
John Moore told Newsday that he was sitting on the couch with Brassard, eating Subway and watching TV when both of their phones rang. Moore said “the next thing you know, we’re on a plane to NY and we’re playing that night.”
Moore said that as soon as the deal went down he got a text from his former Columbus captain, and once again teammate, Rick Nash.
Nash told the Dispatch that he was said to see Gaborik go, but really excite to have some of his old teammates become new teammates.
Derek Dorsett said on HNIC Radio “I walked across the street to wish Brassard goodbye. He thought he was getting traded to the Rangers. When I walked over and looked at the TV, I saw my name too. It was a bit of a shock, but it’s a business and I am excited to join the Rangers.
Dorsett, according to the Dispatch, came over to say good bye and wish his teammates good luck when he thought it would be a good idea to check his phone. He had a voicemail and then told Brassard and Moore, “I’m going with you.”
Moore said that he, Brassard and Dorsett are all very close friends.
Brassard told the Rangers website “we heard the trade, in Columbus me, John Moore and Derek Dorsett all live in the same building. We all had the phone call at the same time, everyone was trying to reach their families. I am really excited to be here. It’s a new start for me.”
In 2009, when he was about to get drafted, John Moore was ranked sixth overall by NHL Central Scouting. The first thing mentioned in his scouting report is that he is a “world class skater” and his first two strides are like Hockey Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s.
When asked about Moore, John Tortorella said recently that he loves the way that Moore skates and the “balls” he has when he makes some of his plays on the ice.
Because of the way that he skates and their numbers, Tortorella said that he sometimes thinks he is watching Ryan McDonagh when he sees Moore on the ice.
Tortorella said that Moore is a “clone” of McDonagh.
He adds that Moore has been very coachable and trying to make strides as a player since coming to the Rangers.
When asked about the comparison to McDonagh, Moore said that he looks up to McDonagh both on the ice and also off the ice in how McDonagh handles himself and approaches the game every day.
On Moore, Dave Maloney said on MSG, “this is a guy that just needs to play. He skates so well and whatever mistakes he makes he can make up with his skating. He reminds me in some ways of Ryan McDonagh.
In an interview from 2010, former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that John Moore is a defenseman who can play in all situations, a lot of minutes and settle into a top-four defenseman at the NHL level.
Howson drafted Moore in the first round of the 2009 draft and played 69 games with the Blue Jackets heading into this season.
This year he played 17 games and was a minus five before being traded to the Rangers, where in 13 games he had a goal, five assists and was a plus nine.
Moore said that he worked as hard as he could in Columbus but wasn’t getting the opportunities to play in the NHL or play important minutes. He said that he came to the Rangers with an open mind and feels like he is getting better every day. He added that he is trying to run with the opportunities he is presented.
He told the NY Times that he isn’t looking back too much on his time in Columbus and he is happy for the chances he got with the Rangers last year.
Derick Brassard said that he was hoping to see Moore get a chance with the Rangers because he saw how hard he was working in Columbus and knew that he deserved to be playing.
During the playoffs, Marc Staal told CBC, that Moore is smart, quick and after watching him play his first game knew that he was going to be a great player.
In the series against Boston, former Rangers coach John Tortorella said he loves that Moore isn’t afraid to try and make a difference on the ice and that down the line he thinks people will look at the trade that brought Moore to the Rangers as “a hell of a deal to get him in.”
During the playoffs, on the Michael Kay Show, Tortorella said “I think that in a few years when people talk about the deal we made with Columbus, he will be the one talked about”
When he was on with Mike Francesa, Tortorella said “Johnny Moore is a guy we will be talking about in a couple of years as a steal in this trade. He has stood in there against some top people. “