New York Rangers Question Marks Remain
Added by Ryan Heine on October 16, 2013.
It has been an interesting couple of days for the Rangers. After losing 5-3 to the unbeaten Blues, the team decided to make some changes. The Rangers waived backup goalie Martin Biron and forward Aaron Asham on Monday and recalled goalie Cam Talbot and forward JT Miller.
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These moves came after Biron let in five goals in relief of Lundqvist in last week’s 9-2 loss to the Sharks and after he let in another five goals in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to St. Louis. Vigneault claimed that the move was fully “performance-based,” but with Lundqvist’s numbers not much better than Biron’s, you have to wonder if Biron’s contract was part of this move. Asham did not show much last year and continued to under perform this year, so he made Vigneault’s decision easy.
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The only thing that I question is why Dorsett and Pyatt were not waived, as well. If Vigneault was making these decisions simply based on performance, I would honestly understand if half the team was waived.
Rick Nash continues to have post-concussion symptoms although, as always, the team will not say concussion and Rick Nash in the same sentence, but it is obvious that is the injury. Do not expect to see Nash back in the lineup for at least two weeks. His absence will, of course, leave a gaping hole in the Blueshirt’s offense.
The Rangers lines at practice on Tuesday were as follows:
Brad Richards-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Benoit Pouliot-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Justin Falk-John Moore
Clearly, Vigneault is trying to even out the lines for some balanced scoring. However, I cannot understand why Pyatt continues to get minutes on a line other than the fourth. Pyatt and JT Miller need to be swapped. Also in this situation, the Rangers third line looks much more like a second line. I would rather have all three players on the third line playing than all three on the second line. You have to wonder what Vigneault is thinking at this time. His decisions thus far have been puzzling, to say the least. Hopefully, that changes soon.