Rangers Notebook: ‘Future not now’ for J.T. Miller

The 19-year-old J.T. Miller had his first career goals Thursday. Credit: Getty Images
J.T. Miller was sent down to Connecticut on Tuesday.
Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers hold J.T. Miller in high esteem.

But a team in the midst of a playoff push in the final games of a truncated season does not have time to live with the mistakes a 20-year-old will make.

“He needs to play,” head coach John Tortorella said about Miller prior to the Rangers’ game against the Leafs. The Rangers sent Miller down to AHL Connecticut on Tuesday. “I think he has a bright future but the future is not right now.”

Miller had two goals and four points in 26 games. But his minus-7 rating along with reconstructed lines following the trades for Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett made the rookie the odd man out.

“I like where the lineup is as far as the personnel,” Tortorella said. “He did some good things, but you could see as it was going on that more and more mistakes were coming into his game. It’s the wrong way to develop a player.”

Still, Tortorella left the door open for a return should the need arise.

“We’ll talk to [hockey operations with the Whale] as we go through. If we have injuries here or whatever it may be, we’ll check who the best guy is at that point in time with [head coach] Kenny [Gernander] and [the] staff,” Tortorella said.

More Mats please

Mats Zuccarello was brought back to provide offense.

While he has played well, the diminutive winger only has two assists in six games with the Rangers, which has Tortorella concerned.

“He’s got to score,” Tortorella said. “He’s had chances. He’s created chances [but] he hasn’t scored. I thought him, along with a number of other people, forgot how to play defense the last game in critical times.”

The left wing on Brad Richards’s line only had two shots on goal in the 4-3 loss to the Leafs Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. He skated 23 shifts totaling 21:46 of ice time in that game.

Zuccarello was signed after Metallurg Magnitogorsk was eliminated by Salavat Yulaev in the first round of the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs. He finished the regular season with 28 points (11 goals and 17 assists) in 44 games, and had four points (two goals and two assists) in seven playoff games.

“Zucc is a different player than last year. I think he’s in better shape. I think he’s quicker on the ice. I feel very comfortable putting him in situations,” Tortorella said. “But he’s got to score. He’s got to score in the shootout. It’s nice that we’ve seen it before but we need it now.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Local

Local politicians pressure DOJ to investigate Ramarley Graham…

On what would have been his 21st birthday, Ramarley Graham's mother joined elected leaders to ask the U.S. Department of Justice investigate his death.

Local

Muslim leaders welcome NYPD surveillance changes with degree…

Leaders and advocates praise the NYPD's move to shut down a unit tied to its Muslim surveillance program but say there's more left to do.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

Masahiro Tanaka dominates Cubs over eight shutout innings

Masahiro Tanaka certainly had no-hit caliber stuff Wednesday as he allowed just two bunt singles.

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.