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AV wants more ‘commitment’ from Miller; if not, ‘he’ll be a good minor-leaguer”

Apr 3, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

From Pat “Stop Coaching” Leonard of the New York Daily News:

And one more from The Record’s Andrew Gross:

The Rangers announced yesterday that Miller had been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate. In 30 NHL games this season, the 21-year-old has just three goals and three assists.

Miller was drafted 15th overall in 2011 out of the U.S. National Development program.

“I’m a pretty competitive kid,” he said at the time. “I always want to compete and I’m pretty hard to play against, so I think that’s my best attribute.”

Clearly, Vigneault would like Miller to start proving it.

  1. xdj511 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    It must be tough when you’ve been up and down as much as Miller has been this season. Last season it was Kreider that was up and down, up and down. This year he got his spot and played fairly well, offensively, at least. I thought Miller was playing well before the olympics until everybody got healthy and he lost his spot. Maybe next season he can get a regular shift and establish himself. Either that or Slats will have to try to move the kid. Heck, if he could pull off another MDZ for Klein type deal, I’d take it.

    • barkar942 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Now it isn’t Torts bashing Kreider. It is AV bashing Miller. SO now it is ok. If it were Torts saying what AV just said, the presses would be firing off every headline to FIRE TORTS because he ruins prospects.
      Zuccarello is another example of what Torts said was true. Zucc didn’t know what to do without the puck. Do you think Zucc took to heart what Torts taught him? No one on the team back checks better now than Zucc.
      I agree with Torts when he said there is a process that all players must go through. JT is now going through that process. He obviously needs the time in the AHL to learn. Kreider , I feel, will always be missing something from his game because of how his career started.

      • gaborik1989 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Kreids came in a blew the doors off of everyone in the most pressure packed situation possible (the playoffs). What exactly is missing from Kreids’ game? Aside from a dumb penalty every now and then, and a lack of consistency (that you will see from time to time with younger players) he is becoming a very solid player. The discrepancies in Kreids’ game compared to Miller’s game at this stage in their careers is pretty far apart. Tough to even put them in the same category.

      • barkar942 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Kreider came in and set a record for the playoff goals before any regular season play. He also set a “record” for how fast Torts benched him in those same playoffs when he quickly became a defensive liability.
        Look, I know Kreider is becoming a better all-around two way player. My point is that he still makes some basic defensive lapses because he didn’t get the time to ‘nurture” in the minor leagues. JT Miller shows really good promise. I think defensively he is a little better than Kreider at this point, but should spend a year in the minors to grow his game. Hopefully in the long haul Kreider will turn into a strong two way player and enjoy a long and illustrious career.
        (p.s.- did you hear Sam and Joe talking about Zucc’s amazing back checking effort last night? That is my point about what Torts did for his game).

  2. c9castine - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    disappointing a bit, would like to see the talented Pittsburgh kid become an NHL mainstay like he should.

    maybe shero makes a little move for him in the offseason and he finds his groove wearing black and gold. we need quality offensive prospects.

  3. ntvd7 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I think Del Zotto got a similar speech…

    Work harder kid, a coach can’t turn down effort

  4. kaptaanamerica - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    A/V tells the players like it is ..

  5. bleedrangerblue - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Don’t know how to take this. Just wish JT would get the chance to play more.

  6. nashernation - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I thought JTs play was pretty good guess his work ethic in practice isn’t up to par. Seems like a hardworking kid. AV hasn’t liked his game all year.. He’s got a ton of upside and I hope he gets straightened out.

  7. goldenjr46 - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Hey A-hole Coach V. How about playing JT Miller more then 1:30 at a time with the 1st and 2nd line and not with the 4th line the goon squad and he’ll show you what he can do . I hope you trade him and he comes back and shows you what a screw up you are. You got nerve , telling him that and not playing him worth a spit.I hope they dump you for sucking as a coach. Go JT! Youll get your chance!

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