Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
J.T. Miller assigned to AHL
LOS ANGELES---Back to the Pack.
J.T. Miller, who along with Jesper Fast, were two of the youngsters who made the Rangers opening day roster, has been sent to Hartford.
A team spokesman said this morning here in California that the club wanted Miller to get more ice time.
With captain Ryan Callahan (shoulder) returning on Monday, presumably that wasn't going to happen in the NHL.
Miller, who scored two goals in three preseason games, played 11:58 against the Coyotes in the season opening 4-1 loss, including 3:21 on the power play, and had one shot on goal and two attempts blocked. He blocked a shot and won his only faceoff op. Callahan will fill some of that time on the power play.
Miller, 20, a center/LW who was the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft, played 26 games in the NHL last season and was 2-2-4 and a minus-7. He missed the early part of training camp with a sorehamstring but sealed a roster spot with a high-quality effort in Las Vegas against the Kings, who the Rangers will face in a game that counts on Monday.
The move, which is somewhat surprising, indicates that Jesper Fast, who was replaced by Callahan on a line with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt during Friday's practice at Toyota Center in El Segundo, could drop to the fourth line, which is centered by Dom Moore. Miller had been there on Friday. Derek Dorsett/Arron Asham would be the other right wings available on that trio, but Fast is a righty as well.
Unless of course, head coach Alain Vigneault, has some other third and fourth line combos cooking, which seems doubtful. The Rangers are off today and return to practice Sunday afternoon.