Let’s face it, the Rangers need some juice.
Have they bottomed out with three straight losses in regulation for the first time this season? Sure, there was that late February four-gamer, but one was in a shootout, so I’d say so.
Last year, the Blueshirts got some positive energy and production from Chris Kreider, and in my opinion, it’s time to summon him again. He’s the best offensive player down in Hartford, and it won’t cost them anything. They have spare Ds in Matt Gilroy and Stu Bickel; they can send one down if necessary. Torts seems to like Micheal Haley, but his future is probably contingent on when Arron Asham (back) returns.
And maybe the Rangers pull the trigger on Mats Zuccarello again if the trade market is less than appealing. They need points against the Hurricanes, New Jersey, on Monday and Tuesday after a day off tomorrow. Kreider and Zuccarello and Miller might actually be a productive third line. At this stage, Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle and Darroll Powe don’t have to play every game. They need some people to put pucks in the net. Fast.
My stories and my Sunday Insider column (which includes a piece on Miller, some tradewinds and notes, should be up online soon. Go find ‘em, eh?
On a personal note, it’ll be nice to climb on that plane to LaGuardia tomorrow morning. If you didn’t notice, I was the only writer to be at all four games in the four cities, the rest of the travellin’ crew had a commitment or another. It was a grind at times, trust me. But there were some fun moments as well….Rangers are off Sunday and I’ll be putting my feet up as well, unless there’s news….Thanks for reading here and following on Twitter and in Newsday.