3:16PM: Boyle spoke with NHL.com via, PHT, and said “I didn’t play as well as I think I could’ve, but I know I can be a good player and effective player in this League and on this team. It’s infuriating sitting out, it’s awful. And it’s [ticking] me off a lot.”
1:37PM: Brian Boyle will be a healthy scratch for the Rangers tonight for the third straight game.
When Boyle was first scratched, John Tortorella said that he hoped Boyle would never put him in a situation where he would have to scratch him again.
Before the Rangers win on Sunday, John Tortorella said that bringing Boyle back into the lineup isn’t a matter of the team winning or losing, but how individual players play and whether he thinks there needs to be a change.
Tortorella did go on to say, “I think Brian is going to be a big part of the team, he just has to wait his turn until we make a decision and decide what we want to do here.”
Tortorella made similar comments today, to the Rangers website, about how he thinks the players he currently has in the lineup are playing well and he doesn’t see the need to disrupt things and slot Boyle back in when there was no need.
He also said that he doesn’t make the decisions when it comes to the lineup, the players dictate who will play and who will sit.
Adam Rotter: It may, unfortunately for someone else, be an injury that ultimately brings Boyle back into the lineup. Right now there is no need to bring Boyle back. Maybe John Tortorella sees something and brings him back against the Islanders on Thursday, but after their win on Sunday, where the Rangers looked like a complete and balanced team, Boyle doesn’t have a spot.
Having Boyle as a scratch does provide the team with an NHL quality player that they can slot in if something happens. They won’t need to bring up Kris Newbury, Benn Ferriero or try Stu Bickel at forward again. That is important depth to have as the Rangers continue to go through the season.