Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that the Rangers have been quietly shopping J.T. Miller to see if they can get some proven help in return before tomorrow's draft.
Garrioch adds that Miller didn't live up to expectations.
…yes it's Garrioch, blah, blah, blah, but as I have written the guy was on the Gaborik trade before anyone else, so I've at least got address this. Having said that, he obviously doesn't know much about Miller because, to me, the Rangers didn't have that high of expectations when he came up last season. They more or less plugged him in hoping to give the team a spark and some much needed depth. I'm sure they would have liked to see him score some more, but I don't think you can say a 20-year old didn't live up to expectations in his first 26 games in the NHL. It's not like the Rangers thought they were recalling the next Gretzky.
…to the actual idea of Miller being traded, it might not be as far fetched as you might think. Miller was drafted in the first round by the Rangers because his game fit perfectly into Tortorella's high tempo, hard forecheck system. But with Torts and his game plan now residing in Vancouver, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers felt Miller was expendable, especially if they don't think his game would flourish in Vigneault's puck possession system.
…as far as a return for Miller, because he didn't light it up last year I don't think the Rangers can get much for him. Maybe a second round pick and/or a mid-level defensive prospect. I bet Torts would be very interested in bringing Miller out to Vancouver with him as he obviously was very fond of the 2011 first round pick.