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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 recalled from Hartford

J.T. Miller (10) settles the puck during the

(Credit: AP / Kostas Lymperopoulos)

When the Rangers return to practice Tuesday, they will have a familiar face on the ice: J.T. Miller, 21, who has been up and down all season. Miller, send down on April 2, was recalled on Monday after he had two goals and two assists in two weekend games. He is tied for the lead in points with the Wolf Pack, with 15 goals and 43 points.

Should the lines remain the same on Tuesday, Miller could...

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J.T. Miller recalled; McIlrath, Asham returned to Hartford

Rangers center J.T. Miller skates against the New

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

J.T. Miller, who was sent down on Dec. 9, was recalled by the Rangers on Thursday before the holiday freeze deadline. He has seven goals and two assists in eight AHL games.

Dylan McIlrath played one game, his NHL debut against Columbus, and had  8:55 on ice, with one fight. The Rangers will now have six defensemen, including Justin Falk, for the Islanders game Friday. Does this mean Marc...

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Smoke signal? Brandon Mashinter returned to Hartford

The Rangers were off today, including Rick Nash (concussion), who had skated or practiced for nine straight days and said he was hopeful to return Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday in Dallas.

But the Mashinter transaction is not a definitive sign that the elite right wing will dress for Tuesday's game at MSG. As you have read here and in Newsday, the print edition, Nash has said he wanted...

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Rick Nash update, Miller back in lineup, Dom Moore improving


           As for the speculation that with Rick Nash (concussion) missing his 12th game, the Rangers may be looking to add some offense in a trade,  head coach Alain Vigneault said:

             “I think we need to get the pieces that we have here to play better....

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Updates, preview, lineups for Rangers-Caps

John Moore of the Rangers controls the puck

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

So, fellow citizens, the last time that the Rangers---and yours truly---were at the Verizon Center here in Washington, it was May 13, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and with a 5-0 win, the Rangers eliminated the Capitals from the playoffs.

Lot of water under the bridge since, eh?

To be sure, both squads are off to tepid starts: The Caps are 2-4; the Blueshirts 1-4.


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Biron, Asham clear waivers; Miller, Talbot practice


Just a quick memo before I leave for D.C. ahead of  tomorrow's AM skate and the game against the Caps...

As expected yesterday, J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot were officially summoned from Hartford and practiced; vets Martin Biron and Arron Asham cleared waivers at noon.

Asham (if you read Newsday or or my twitter account) had agreed to go to the WolfPack, work...

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Callahan in, Asham starts vs. Kings

Ryan Callahan of the Rangers skates against the

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Finally, Game 2 at the Staples Center tonight.

Captain Ryan Callahan, out since May following labrum surgery on his left shoulder, pulls on the No. 24 jersey. Expect to see him on the third line, power play and penalty kill.

"I’ve made predictions before that I was going to ease somebody in, and once the game was there and if the guy looks good….", Vigneault said. "In...

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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.


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Miller, Fast, Asham, Falk survive; Kreider assigned to AHL

Chris Kreider, left, gets knocked to the ice

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The Rangers have kept forwards J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Arron Asham and defenseman Justin Falk on their roster, and cut Chris Kreider, who played well on Friday in Las Vegas but didn't impress enough during the rest of the pre-season campaign. He'll be back at some point, I assume.

The other cuts: Darroll Powe, Stu Bickel and Brandon Mashinter, all of whom must clear waivers, plus Oscar Lindberg,...

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