The New York Rangers are starting to heat up. They have won four of their last five games and have found some good chemistry with their lines. One of their best lines has been J.T. Miller, Benoit Pouliot, and Carl Hagelin. With Ryan Callahan set to return it was clear that someone was going to have to sit. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault decided to sit Miller and that was the wrong choice.
Miller hasn’t played a whole lot, and apparently Vigneault doesn’t like his game. Since he was put back into the lineup on Dec. 20 he has yet to play more than fifteen minutes in a game. This is mostly because he does not play on any special teams unit and does not play in late-game situations, but when he was given ice time he found a way to make plays with his linemates.
Callahan should definitely be put back into the lineup, but Miller should not be the one to sit. Brian Boyle would have been the ideal choice since Callahan can do everything Boyle does and can actually score goals. Callahan kills penalties and also plays on the power play.
Clearly Vigneault is not impressed with Miller and his performances this season. Miller will probably be sent back down the AHL for the fourth time this season. If they want to scratch him they should just send him down and let him play and develop.
Callahan is a big piece for the Rangers. He is their leader, their heart and soul, but Vigneault made the wrong choice in benching Miller for Callahan’s return.