2:28PM Alain Vigneault told SNY’s Nick Licalzi, about Miller’s status “I didn’t ask today. When the guy isn’t around I don’t do a lot of checking.”
Rangers PR then said that they would check with Rammer and update Vigneault.
2:14PM: According to Katie Strang, JT Miller isn’t skating with his group today and is unlikely to play in either of the Rangers preseason games this week against New Jersey and Philly.
Miller left the ice on Friday with a hamstring issue but skated for a little while yesterday
In early January, JT Miller was part of Team USA’s Gold Medal winning team at the World Junior Championships.
Miller though, as he mentioned during a between periods interview with MSG during his debut, is no longer in possession of his Gold Medal as he buried it with his great grandfather.
Miller told Mike Morreale at NHL.com, “not many can say they had a special relationship with a great grandparent, but that was something very special to me.”
Morreale says that what Miller did, “will certainly go down as an amazing display of love and affection for a man who meant the world to Miller.”
JT Miller spoke with the Rangers website recently and said that while his injured wrist is doing better, he is not yet at 100%.
He did say that his wrist isn’t stopping him from doing anything in his offseason workouts and that he would be able to play if the season started right now.
Miller said that the injury came at a time when he was starting to feel comfortable at the NHL level and something that caused him to make mistakes when he tried to play through it.
He has been dealing with a wrist issue since March and was sent home during the playoffs to allow his wrist to heal.
Gordie Clark has said that if Miller was healthy he would have played in the playoffs.
In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that the Rangers are quietly shopping JT Miller to see if they can get some established players before Sunday’s draft.
He writes that in the 26 games that Miller played for the Rangers this season he “didn’t live up to expectations.”
This past season, Miller, 20, played for the Whale, the Rangers and won a gold medal for Team USA at the World Juniors.
Miller had 23 points in 42 games for the Whale, four points in 26 games for the Rangers and 9 points in 7 games for Team USA.
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Adam Rotter: The idea of Miller, as a rookie and 19 years old, not living up to expectations is a little ridiculous. John Tortorella loved Miller for a time before Miller’s game started to slip and he hurt his wrist. The Rangers may just be trying to see what kind of market there is for Miller and if they can fill a hole on the roster right now.
According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers have sent JT Miller home so that he can rehab his injured wrist.
Miller has been skating with the Rangers taxi squad since the Whale didn’t make the playoffs.
He has been dealing with a wrist issue since mid to late March.
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This season, JT Miller played in 26 games for the Rangers.
He recorded two goals in his second game and added in two assists in two February games. The last point Miller recorded was on 2/28.
Miller averaged 13:31 per game and played at least 9:41 in 25 of his 26 games.
In his last game, 4/1, Miller was a minus two and played a season low 7:08.
Miller had been scratched/sidelined since that game on 4/1 with a wrist injury that the team wanted treated in NY rather than Hartford.
John Tortorella said on Wednesday that sending Miller down was the right move for his development.
Tortorella said, “I couldn’t wait for his wrist to get better so I could send him down. He needs to play. I think he has a bright future but the future is not right now. I like the lineup how it is with the personnel we have. He did some good things, but you could see that more and more mistakes were coming into his game and it’s the wrong way to develop a player. He is just 20 years old.”
Miller turned 20 less than a month ago.
Tortorella added that if the team has some injuries they will ask the coaches in Hartford for the guy playing the best down there and they won’t hesitate to bring Miller back if he is that player.
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Adam Rotter: Miller just turned 20 and most prospects/players his age don’t have the chance to play in the AHL because they still have junior eligibility. Miller was brought up because he was the best option the Rangers had at that moment. He had some struggles in the defensive zone and the team wasn’t comfortable making a run to the playoffs with him in the lineup. After acquiring Ryane Clowe and Derick Brassard, the Rangers brought in some depth that could take pressure off of Miller and allow him to develop at a different pace in Hartford.
4:03PM: The Rangers have announced that Miller has been sent down.
The Whale have five games left in the regular season, all on the road, before the playoffs start. The Whale are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 78 points. They hold a three point lead over Hershey (8th) and Norfolk (9th) but have played one more game.
3:40PM: According to the AHL Transaction wire, via Stan, the Rangers have sent JT Miller to Hartford.
Miller was sent down to Hartford last week but recalled the same day so he could stay with the team and undergo treatment on his wrist.
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JT Miller has missed the Rangers last two games with a wrist issue.
This comes after Miller was actually sent down on Wednesday after four straight games of being a minus player. He was brought back up so that the Rangers doctors could keep tabs on him.
Miller has been receiving treatment on his wrist, and has been skating, but told the Daily News that he wants to make sure he takes the right track towards returning to the lineup.
He said that sitting out gives him an opportunity to watch the game from a different vantage point and take what he sees from watching and bring it on the ice.
Miller says that he tried to take some shots during the Rangers morning skate on Friday and trainer Jim Ramsay yelled at him and told him to stop.
He has not recorded a point since 2/28. Miller is averaging over 13:30 per night.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that JT Miller’s wrist is still bothering him and that even if he was needed last night, he could not have played.
Brooks says that the Rangers kept Miller with the Ranger so he could undergo treatment on his wrist in NY instead of Hartford.
On ESPN Radio, John Tortorella spoke about how the Rangers trade today and addition of depth impacts the young players such as Chris Kreider and JT Miller.
Tortorella said that the trade gives the team some depth and, “it allows us to put our kids where they should be and have them develop the proper way and not in this mess.”