The New York Rangers have announced today that in the wake of the impending “roster freeze” at 11:59 tonight, the team has sent down both Dylan McIlrath (hard hitting rookie defenseman) and forward Aaron Asham (enforcer who can put the puck in the net), for rookie forward J.T. Miller, who’s been rumored to have a poor attitude. This is just another questionable decision by head coach Alain Vigneault and GM Glen Sather that makes absolutely no sense to me.
When Miller is in the Rangers’ lineup, he only plays on the third or fourth lines, resulting in very few minutes of ice time. Yes, Miller has potential scoring talent, but when he is hardly used, what is the point? Also, McIlrath and Asham have added some much needed toughness in a Rangers lineup that considerably lacks this underrated aspect of the game, and now they are sacrificing that just to get Miller a few minutes of ice time on Friday against the New York Islanders? Are you serious?
Do they think that because Miller scored two goals against the Islanders before that he is automatically going to do it again? Also, why send down two of the toughest guys on the team for him? Why not get rid of Benoit Pouliot and Brian Boyle, who have been stinking up this team all season?
The Islanders may be struggling, but so are the Rangers, and the Islanders always finish their checks. Maybe the Rangers are planning to play down to their opponent yet again? It just doesn’t make sense to me. The Rangers just came off back-to-back games where they showed resiliency and heart, won the first game and lost in a shootout in the second, and Vigneault and Sather decide to play with the lineup for no reason.
I would say this team is a train wreck, but that would be an insult to train wrecks.