Pyatt tried to shake it off on the bench but ended up having to walk down to the locker room. While no official word has confirmed whether Pyatt’s injury is a concussion, I’m 99.9 percent sure it is the case because of where he was hit and his reaction on the bench.
Now I do not want to sound mean, but the loss of Pyatt may actually prove to be beneficial and a blessing in disguise for the Rangers because of his performance — or lack thereof. And before you jump down my throat, I would like to say that I am not a person who purposely roots for a player to get hurt because he has been doing badly on the ice. It is just a game, after all, and results are of little importance compared to someone’s health.
That said, I believe the Rangers should have either scratched or simply waived Pyatt in the beginning of the season and let one of their kids in the AHL have a shot. It is not that I do not like Pyatt, but ever since becoming a Ranger last season, he has been invisible in every sense of the word.
He has a total of six goals and six assists in 63 total games. These are the stats of a fourth-line winger on most NHL teams. Pyatt was originally brought in to add more depth at scoring and to provide a physical advantage with his size, but has failed to do either.
The Rangers would be much better off playing healthy scratch Brandon Mashinter, who adds some toughness to the team, or bringing up Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg or Danny Kristo, who has been tearing up the AHL with eight goals and five assists in 12 games.
Any one of those guys would give the Rangers a better lineup over Pyatt but if I had the choice, I am all for letting the kids play and I would definitely make the call to bring up Kristo. Unfortunately, I am not in charge — Glen Sather is.