The one thing that has been missing from the New York Rangers‘ runaway success recently is center Brian Boyle. Boyle has been a healthy scratch the past three games for the Rangers and appears to be in John Tortorella‘s dog house.
Boyle played in all 82 games in the past two seasons for the club and while his stats tailed off in 2011 compared to where they were in 2010, he was still an effective member of the team. 2013 has been a different story. He only has one assist and is a -3 in the nine games that he’s played. However, right now, the team is starting to come together.
Darroll Powe‘s acquisition has been so far so good for the team. He’s not a fighter like Mike Rupp was, but he’s a grinder and he’s played well on the penalty kill. J.T. Miller has played well since he was called up from Hartford, and the line of him with Chris Kreider and Ryan Callahan has been gelling together.
Coaches don’t like to mess with lines that are working or mess with chemistry that seems to be working at the time. Until the team loses or an injury happens, I can’t see Boyle sneaking in and reclaiming his spot on the active roster. Is he going to be unhappy about it? Sure. As a competitive person, and as someone who wants to play, he has every right to be. Right now he’s depth for the team and may be a trade candidate for them down the line.