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Rangers’ Pyatt ‘cleared for all activity’ after concussion

Nov 25, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers welcomed Taylor Pyatt back into the fold on Monday as he participated in a full morning skate — with contact — and appeared ready to re-join the team in the near future.

“Taylor is doing fine,” head coach Alain Vigneault told Blue Shirts United. “He’s been working out a little more than 10 days. He’s been cleared for all activity, and he should be ready for us soon.”

Pyatt, 32, suffered the concussion on a hit from Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Nov. 7, and has proceeded to miss the last seven games (he’ll miss No. 8 tonight against Tampa Bay.)

The veteran forward’s injury only compounded his rough start to the year — through the first 16 games, Pyatt had just a single point (an assist) and had an ugly minus-8 rating, all while averaging 13:32 TOI per game.

Pyatt’s in the final year of a two-year, $3.1 million deal with the Rangers and, when ready to return, will finally give Vigneault a chance to ice his full lineup this year, as injuries to Pyatt, Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Dominic Moore have derailed that opportunity.

  1. xdj511 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Glad that Pyatt is feeling better. Not sure where he’s going to fit in because the Rangers already have several players capable of putting up 1 assist in 16 games while going -8 in 13 minutes of average ice time.

  2. cofran2004 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Crap. The team is playing pretty well right now. And Pyatt is worthless. We really don’t need him taking a roster spot from someone who’s more deserving….

    • barkar942 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      I can see Pouliot taking a seat very soon. That third line of Brassard and Haglin looks like wasted talent because of Pouliot over pursuing the puck constantly. Pyatt at least does some good grit and board work.
      I am still hoping for a DelZotto and Pouliot to anyone for anything trade.

  3. stakex - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I see no reason Pyatt should get anywhere near the Rangers lineup. He was all but useless for them so far this season, and if the Rangers were to make a lineup change at all I’d rather see JT Miller back in. Miller’s numbers aren’t much better than Pyatt’s, but he has a lot more offensive ability…. and the one and only thing the Rangers need right now is goals.

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