Consistency will be the key for JT Miller

JT MillerAlain Vigneault said on The Michael Kay Show that JT had some “real good games and the thing with JT is looking for a bit more consistency.”

He added that there “is a tremendous amount of upside” with Miller.

Gordie Clark said at the draft, “JT put his time in in the AHL and he got to the point where in the end our coach AV had confidence in him and started playing him a lot.” (NYR)

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Miller is expected to play for his qualifying offer of $874,130.


The JT Miller situation heading into free agency

JT MILLERLarry Brooks says that the Rangers are “going to be more concerned” that JT Miller will receive an offer sheet than they are with the other aspects of free agency starting at 12PM. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers have Miller penciled in to play for his qualifying offer of $874,130 because he lacks leverage, unless presented with an offer sheet, without arbitration rights. (NY Post)

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Is JT Miller a possible offer sheet candidate?

MillerLarry Brooks wonders if JT Miller is a candidate to get an offer sheet from a team and likely put the Rangers into even more of a salary cap situation. (NY Post)

Brooks says that an offer-sheet to Miller that would pay him between $2.75 million and $3.25 million for five years would put the Rangers into a situation where they would have to move on from players like Carl Hagelin or potentially Keith Yandle or accept a second round pick as compensation. (NY Post)

Brooks says that even an offer sheet that would pay Miller $2 million per year would “create havoc” for the Rangers.  (NY Post)

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The progression of JT Miller and what Alain Vigneault has been saying about him

MillerJT Miller says that he has learned a lot this season by sitting next to Marty St. Louis in the Rangers locker room and that he tries to talk to Marty every chance that he can.  (NY Times)

On Miller, Alain Vigneault said before game one against the Penguins, “just a young player going through the process and understanding what it means to be a pro and improving his knowledge of the game. His understanding of what his commitment needs to be, no one ever doubted the skill level and the upside that was there, just a matter of being patient and him putting in the time and that is what he has done.”

Miller said that at one point he realized he had to bear down because you only get so many chances. He said that being an NHLer was harder than he thought it would be and that you can’t have mediocre nights, “you have to bring it every night.” (Daily News)

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JT Miller’s game last night and what his teammates are saying about him

JT MillerJT Miller scored his first career playoff goal yesterday, had his first career multi-point game in the playoffs and doubled his playoff point total this season from 4 to 8.

Miller was a plus four in 14:14 with 3 shots on goal and 2 takeaways.

Rick Nash said that Miller has been “excellent” and that he has been able to open up a lot space on the ice. Nash said that Miller plays in hard areas and doesn’t back down from anything. (Daily News)

Derick Brassard said on Wednesday that Miller has been competing really hard and emphasized how he has “energized” that line. He said that Miller is a strong, can win puck battles and that in Game 6 he was rewarded for all of the hard work he has been putting in.  (ASAP Sports)

Dave Maloney said that Miller has been good for the Rangers.

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