New York Rangers: 5 Players Who May Not Be On Team By End Of Season
5 Players Who May Not Be Here After Season
There are players on the New York Rangers that are valuable and contribute to the team on a game-to-game basis. However, there are others that do very little or nothing and frankly just take up space on the roster.
So this is what this slideshow is for.
There are at least five guys on this current Rangers' roster that continue to not impress me game after game and they just need to go. Unfortunately, I am not the GM and Glen Sather is (and I mean that literally and not sarcastically). But I think even good ole Sather will eventually come to realize that these players and new head coach Alain Vigneault's system just do not work and as a result need to either be traded or released.
These particular five players that I will present to you in a moment are either so ineffective on a game-to-game basis that they are completely invisible on the ice or are very visible on the ice but only when they make a bonehead mistake that costs the Rangers on the scoreboard.
I know we are only in the second month of the season but I think it is pretty obvious who needs to go before the end of this season, whether it be through a trade or just placing them on waivers, and that is because some of the five have been on the Rangers for years now and aren't getting any better with the head coaching change that took place this offseason.
So without giving too much away, click next and enjoy the top five Rangers who should be gone before this season's end.
5. Taylor Pyatt
Taylor Pyatt is currently not playing because of a concussion he suffered a couple of games ago. But when healthy, Pyatt is one of the most ineffective players on the Rangers, so far recording a total of one point on an assist this season.
So why do I only have him at No. 5?
Head coach Alain Vigneault has made it quite clear that he likes Pyatt in the lineup because of size, even though he does not use his size to his advantage. The real reason is most likely because he was a 15-20 goal scorer for the Vancouver Canucks when Vigneault was the head coach there.
Unfortunately those days are long over for Pyatt and should be waived if he comes back this season and continues to be ineffective.
4. Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle, like Pyatt, is very ineffective and does not use his size advantage on most nights. But unlike Pyatt, Boyle actually can contribute once in a while.
The most frustrating thing about Boyle is his inconsistency. He could be such a solid player in this league if he played every game to his full ability. Perfect example is that he was noticeable last week for two straight games for the Rangers, creating scoring chances, recording assists, and even scoring a goal but then in the Rangers last two games, I did not even know he was playing. That is how invisible he was.
I can definitely see Boyle being moved in a deal near the deadline for a physical presence.
3. Michael Del Zotto
Michael Del Zotto has the potential and the talent but his decision making is what holds him back tremendously.
This season we were supposed to see a changed Del Zotto and a bigger offensive threat in Vigneault's system, and thus far through a month plus, Del Zotto has one goal and three assists and his defense has not improved one bit since last season.
Since some teams out there still see the possibility in Del Zotto becoming a good defenseman since he has shown flashes of his offensive talent over the years and is still only 23 years of age, I can certainly see a frustrated Sather dealing him for a forward who can help an offensively challenged Rangers' team at the trade deadline.
2. Dominic Moore
I feel very sorry for having this man on my list, but business is business.
For those of you who do not know, Dominic Moore sat out last year for the entire lockout shortened 48-game season due to the tragic passing of his wife.
I am still rooting for this man but so far this season, he has not shown enough to be giving a spot on the Rangers' roster over a youngster in Hartford. Now Moore has not played in the Rangers last few games due to an upper body injury but is said that he will return next game for the Blueshirts. I am hoping he can turn his season around from this point forward but with him being a 33-year-old fourth line center who is under performing, it doesn't look good.
1. Benoit Pouliot
Benoit Pouliot has to be the most obvious choice for the Ranger who most likely will not finish out this year with the team.
Pouliot has not only been a disappointment so far. In his first season as a Ranger, with his two goals and two assists on the year, he has seen his ice time shortened, his removal from the Rangers' powerplay and Vigneault benching him. His great stick-handling ability is clearly overshadowed by his brutal neutral zone turnovers and other poor decisions with and away from the puck.
It is quite obvious that Pouliot is in Vigneault's dog house which is why I can almost guarantee that he will either be traded or even put on waivers before the end of this season.