Before last nights game, Tortorella spoke at length about Chris Kreider saying the Rangers didn’t want to jerk him around and needed to make sure he was ready before bringing him back. Less than 24 hours later he was on his way to NYC.
I’m not completely against bringing him up. Personally, I think he needs more time but the staffs in New York and Connecticut see more than I do so I’m going to trust them. The question is where in the lineup will he play?
The corresponding transaction to this move was to send Micheal Haley back to the Whale so currently there is a spot on the fourth line. Kreider isn’t playing there. And if he is, this move makes no sense. Therefore someone is moving down. It will be either Taylor Pyatt or Brian Boyle. I’m not going to guess which one cause I’m sure I would be wrong.
So does he play with J.T. Miller and whichever of the two just mentioned remain on the third line? That seems most likely which is why I’m not completely for this move either. Yes Miller and Kreider can play together. They can do that in Hartford as well and would be getting twice as many minutes. Now if Torts plans to play the third line, then fine. But who actually expects that on a regular basis? I sure don’t.
Which brings me to the other news of the day. Arron Asham is almost ready. If he slips in, then he goes to the fourth line. Question is who comes out? It could be Pyatt or Boyle again or could be one of the kids. Does Kreider come back out or maybe he was brought up to replace Miller?
I get Torts is trying to find scoring in the bottom of the lineup but he’s dealing with two young rookies and you can’t mess with them. He knows this as he said so last night. But that’s all I see with this move today. I hope I’m wrong.
The good news in today’s call up is it wasn’t Cam Talbot meaning Henrik Lundqvist should be okay. At least for now. You never know with these stupid things when symptoms will appear. He didn’t practice today but it was an optional so half the team was missing. I’m still hoping he freaked us out with those quotes for nothing. As I’ve said before, I hate that “c” word.
In fact there’s only one “c” word I hate more than concussion and that’s cancer which brings me to today’s last bit of news.
It was reported originally in Newsday that Glen Sather would be undergoing surgery tomorrow for prostate cancer. (Since Newsday now has pay walls, here is Andrew Gross’ report.) I think I speak for all Rangers fans when I say here’s to hoping they caught it early and he makes a full and speedy recovery. Get well soon Slats!