The Olympics are over. That means we're back to NHL hockey. Back to NHL games, Alain Vigneault press conferences, trade and free agent rumors, and, most importantly, back to yo-yoing J.T. Miller between Hartford and New York.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 25, 2014
Zuccarello of course got hurt during the Olympics, and Derek Dorsett was (is?) questionable for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks. Vigneault previously said that he was ready to stick with the current group and insert Dorsett in for Zuccarello should he be ready. Whether Miller's recall is precuationary in case Dorsett isn't ready for Thursday's game or if Dorsett has been fully ruled out has not been made public yet.
I wanted to avoid doing this to Miller yet again and instead make use of what is probably a one or two game stint. I thought it might be better to give Oscar Lindberg his first taste of the NHL and something to build off of. It's hard to argue against Miller, though. He's been killing it at the AHL level since being sent down in early January. He's produced 17 points in 17 games with the Wolfpack and has shown tremendous drive, putting in the effort to be a difference maker and make plays himself in all areas of the ice. He of course also has the NHL experience and experience in Vigneault's system that will allow him to slot in easily. We'll see if he gets his chance, but the Zuccarello injury certainly raises a potential need for some skill. Perhaps the 4th call-up this season is the one where Miller does enough to stick at the NHL level. Or maybe he sits in a press box on Thursday and gets sent back to Hartford the same night. So it goes.
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