Update, 5:23 p.m.:
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…can you say shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic? More of the same from the Rangers organization. McIlrath gets zero chance at the NHL level and Miller will get five minutes on the fourth line for a week before being sent back down. No wonder this team is stuck in mediocrity.
…btw, could the handling of Miller this season be anymore similar to Kreider last year? Hey, maybe Miller will turn the corner in a year also.
With the NHL roster freeze looming tonight at 11:59pm, Alain Vigneault indicated that he'll huddle this afternoon with Glen Sather and Assistant GNs Jim Schoenfeld and Jeff Gorton to discuss what, if any, personnel moves the Rangers will make before the deadline (via Bergen Record)…
“The freeze is later on tonight, we’ll discuss our lineup with management and decide what we’re going to do, maybe send some people down, call some people up. We’re going to look at what gives us the best chance to win but considering there’s a freeze we’re going to look a little further ahead and discussing it with Glen and Jeff and Jim and the coaching staff and see where we believe we are. It’s discussions you have on a daily basis with management but it’s probably going to be a little bit more in depth today.”
Vigneault acknowledged that McIlrath would be a player discussed and then went on at length about the development of Danny Kristo in Hartford…
“I’ve heard from talking with Ken (Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander) and Jim has been down there and Jeff just came down from watching their last game, that there’s a lot of skill. You can tell he’s got great hands. But sometimes those highly skilled players want to do a little bit too much with the puck, things that aren’t there. It’s led to a few turnovers that the coaches are working with and trying to get those down a little bit. Overall, they’ve seen a good progression with his play, a good progression with his conditioning and they’re happy with how he’s coming along.”
Kristo leads the Wolfpack with 11 goals and 20 points.
…with Sather having a private discussion with Pyatt yesterday and AV's comments regarding Kristo today, you have to think transactions involving those two players are forthcoming.
…from all the quotes I've heard from Rangers management on Kristo, it sounds like they're still concerned about his propensity to hold on to the puck too long and as well as his defensive deficiencies. However, those things might end up being overlooked if he continues to thrive offensively while the Rangers falter.
…as far as McIlrath goes, I'd be upset to see him sent back so soon without being given a fair opportunity to acclimate himself to the speed of the NHL game. I still feel that his toughness is very much needed in the Rangers lineup as evidenced by the lack of response to Lundqvist being run over last night. Having said that, if AV doesn't feel comfortable giving him a regular turn in the defensive rotation, I'd much rather see him continuing to develop in Hartford than rotting in the press box with the Rangers.
For full video of AV's comments, click here.