Miller to Join Whale for Playoffs

April 18, 2012

According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post, New York Rangers 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller will join the Connecticut Whale (AHL) for their playoff matchup against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, which begins Friday night.

In 61 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, Miller scored 25 goals and 62 points.

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Rangers Stay Quiet at Deadline, No Nash, Acquire Scott

February 27, 2012

The weeks leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline are fun. The speculation of what players a team will acquire, what deals will be made, the breaking news; it’s all great. But sometimes it doesn’t live up to the hype. Today there were only about 15 trades, with one real headliner.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is staying put in Ohio, at least for the time being. According to the NY Post, the Rangers made one last ditch effort in the dying seconds prior to the deadline, offering up Brandon Dubinsky, 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, prospect Christian Thomas and a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but it was not enough.

In the same report, it is believed Columbus G.M. Scott Howson actually increased his demands, wanting Dubinsky along with either defensemen Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Boston College star and 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider, and a first-round pick at this year’s draft.

Following the deadline, Howson said he was approached by Nash asking to be traded, less than two years after signing an eight-year contract extension.

The Rangers did make one minor move, acquiring defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2012 fifth-round pick. Scott, 29, has one assist and 49 PIMs in 29 games this season.

At the end of the day, I think this was the right move for the Rangers to make. As I’ve written, Nash is a world-class talent, but he isn’t worth the asking price. Chris Botta of the NY Times Tweeted that this team as is, should be given a shot to show what they could do in the post-season. Nash will still be on the market, and if this team falls short of the Eastern Conference Finals, then go make a move.

Scott won’t be much of a difference maker. He’s a 6-foot 8-inches and about 260 pounds, but doesn’t bring much in terms of offense. 

I still would have liked to see the team add a scorer, but the market just wasn’t there this year. Too many potential movers re-signed with their teams, while others’ asking prices were just too high.

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Sather Willing to Blow the Farm on Nash?

February 20, 2012

We still have about a week left in the Rick Nash trade madness, and the latest report could scare Blueshirts fans everywhere.

According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, Glen Sather could be more willing to create a package of J.T. MillerChris Kreider and Tim Erixon, along with Brandon Dubinsky, rather than include either Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh.

Obviously you can only put so much stock in these rumors, but this is from a reliable source. The only saving grace is that the Jackets reportedly want a big-time player they could insert into the lineup immediately. 

Nash — or maybe anyone — isn’t worth that price. That would deplete the Rangers’ strong farm system big time, leaving little to be had for future trade possibilities. There’s no doubting Nash’s skill, but not for that price.

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Rangers Excited For J.T. Miller

January 22, 2012

Newsday‘s Steve Zipay today gave a little preview into what Ranges fans and the organization itself should expect from 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, who is playing with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

The 6-1, 200 pound center has amassed 40 points in 38 games this season, while missing seven games to play in the World Junior Championships earlier this month.

The comparisons should make Rangers fans very excited to see the kid play. “He has Tonelli-type tenacity,” said Gordie Clark, the team’s director of player personnel, referring to the Islanders’ John Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cups with the team in the 1980s. “Mike Richards is another good comparison, although Richards probably scores more. J.T. is a playmaker who finishes every check. He doesn’t have that beautiful stride like [Marian] Gaborik. He beats you by outworking you.”

Zipay points out that the Rangers have built a core of American born players, and Miller, from East Palestine, Ohio, could join that group once he comes to New York, maybe a year or two away. The team currently has seven U.S.-born players in the lineup, and the organization’s top prospect, Chris Kreider, will be turning pro this summer and could make the lineup out of camp next season.

Miller signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Rangers this summer.

A lot of people were confused as to why the Rangers took Miller so early (15th) in first-round, but it appears he’s the type of player the organization has been building around. He plays a hard-nosed, North American style game, which has become this team’s identity. Along with Kreider, I can’t wait to see Miller on Broadway in the coming years.

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Rangers Announce First Training Camp Cuts

September 24, 2011

The Rangers today announced the organization’s first round of cuts, as the team prepares for the 2011-12 season.

Players Assigned to the Connecticut Whale (AHL)

Players Returned to Juniors

Roster for Preseason Game Against Devils

September 20, 2011

Feels like training camp started just a couple days ago, doesn’t it? That’s the beauty of the NHL: training camp starts and before you know it, there are games to be played. I’m not complaining.

Anyway, John Tortorella announced the roster for tomorrow night’s tilt with the New Jersey Devils up in Albany.

Forwards: Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky, Dale Weise, Andre Deveaux, John Mitchell, Erik Christensen, Artem Anisimov, J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas, Ryan Bourque, Shane McColgan and Carl Hagelin.

Defense: Michael Del Zotto, Dan Girardi, Brendan Bell, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath.

Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot. Read the rest of this entry »


Rangers Sign 2011 First-Round Pick J.T. Miller

July 28, 2011

According to several reports via Twitter, the Rangers have signed 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller to an entry level contract. Miller, 18, had a verbal agreement to play at the University of North Dakota, but has since opted out, choose the Plymouth Whalers and the OHL over college.

The Palestine, Ohio-native played last season with the US Under-18 team, finishing with 11 goals and 26 assists in 46 games. His stock rose at the World Championships when he led all US-scorers with 13 points in the tournament.

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