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Rangers send Kreider and Miller to AHL

Apr 3, 2013, 12:42 PM EST

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If you can’t trust them, they can’t play for you.

Especially, we should add, when you are John Tortorella and your team is fighting to make the playoffs.

That seems to be the situation in New York, where the Rangers have reportedly assigned young forwards Chris Kreider and JT Miller to AHL Connecticut.

Neither player saw much ice during Monday’s 4-2 victory over Winnipeg, with coach John Tortorella explaining afterward that the “stakes are too high right now” for mistakes.

Of course, the Rangers also just landed veteran forward Ryane Clowe in a trade with San Jose, so that’s at least one spot that needed to be opened.

Arron Asham could fill the other spot tonight versus the Penguins (on NBCSN).

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    clowe plays tonight then? hope so…should be fun…you know he is gonna push buttons on his first game on a new team, gonna want to fight someone and show how big his d*** is…hopefully engelland will oblige him.

  2. j0ey15 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Honestly best move they could make for the long term let them play out the rest of the season in the AHL for the experience and to put in the work then give it a go at the beginning of next year when the seasons longer and there is more room to correct mistakes

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Exactly.

      A lot of Rangers fans won’t like this move, and will say Torts just isn’t giving them enough of a chance… but the overall picture is bigger then two young players. There is simply no time right now to give these guys freedom and development time in the NHL. Every game the Rangers play from here on in will be huge, and big mistakes from young players are not acceptable… and these guys have been making big mistakes lately.

      The best thing here is for the Ragners to get Clowe/Asham into the lineup to add a bit of grit and nasty, and let Kreider/Miller go down to the AHL to play big minutes and work on their development the rest of the season. Next year there will be a lot less pressure on these guys, and far more time to develop at the NHL level.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Can’t say I disagree with j0ey, but development doesn’t seem to be Tortorella’s forte (at least this year) either. The roster is wide open as of today, right? No limit on how many you can keep up? I’d keep them. I understand that they aren’t scoring much, but neither is Gaborik, or most of the team. Being that they’re dead last in goals per game, with that offensive crew, I’m thinking the problem is Tortorella. Maybe there are other mistakes they are making too.

    I know that’s taboo but I’d bet they’d do better with a coach that made sense for the talent they have on hand.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I checked – roster is wide open as of the trade deadline today – unless it’s just a timing issue of when Clowe officially comes on, there shouldn’t be a need to send anyone down to make room for him.

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      The problem this year is that there was virtually no camp, and a short season means less room for mistakes. Those are hard conditions under which to develop young players, since every game is more important then in a normal season.

      Also, the reason for sending them down to the AHL is obvious… playing time. Sure, they COULD keep them up here, but why do that if they aren’t playing much? Its far better for their development to be playing meaningful time in the AHL, then playing 4 minutes a game (or watching from the press box) in the NHL.

      Besides, with Kreider/Miller not scoring or adding much toughness… might as well have Clowe/Asham in the lineup to at least add toughness.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Yeah I guess that makes sense -

  4. jaybyrd99 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Fine, let kreider get ice time in the AHL, though he’s looked decent when given ice time vs Philly(a nice goal), Montreal and Ottawa.
    Weren’t the stakes high in last year’s playoffs when he( kreider)played and scored ?
    Hopefully Clowe brings something as these next two games versus the Penguins are huge.

  5. jaredo10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Miller I agree needs more time to improve his game but Krieder I feel for the kid. Up and Down all season, If theres no limit of players being on the roster then I dont agree. Clowe will fill a roster spot for one of these guyes maybe rangers looking for a package deal (winger and dman ) ?

    • barkar942 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      If this had been a normal season with a normal training camp, I personally believe that Kreider would have started the year in Hartford and played there most of the season. Kreider just needs to, as Torts calls it, go through the process of learning how to be a pro.Same with Miller (and he seems more ready than Kreider). They both have made some good plays and some bad plays this year. They need to mature their game in the AHL and this is a smart move, long term.
      Right now, it is all about trying to make the playoffs, and the Rangers do not have any room for error.

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