The New York Rangers are in a funk. They have failed to get a point in all four of their losses and have given up a whopping 24 goals in those games. So general manager Glen Sather and head coach Alain Vigneault are trying to spice things up.
The team waived gritty forward Arron Asham and backup goaltender Martin Biron. Both players have struggled in the games they have played so far this season. Asham was scratched before Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues and was basically invisible in all the other games he played. Biron got the start against the Blues and gave up three goals on five shots in the second period before being pulled for Henrik Lundqvist. Both of these moves will save the Rangers some cap room as Biron is making $1.3 million this year.
Vigneault said that he wanted to get more skill into the Rangers lineup with Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin still out with injury. This is the main reason Asham was waived, and it opens the door for the Rangers to call up either Chris Kreider or J.T. Miller. Miller seems like the better choice as he was already on the main roster this year and played in the team’s opening night game. Kreider is playing well in the AHL, but everyone is fearful that once he gets called back up he will start making old mistakes again.
It is clear the Rangers need a spark or two to get out of this funk they are in. Asham and Biron underperformed and this led to their downfall.