Eight games (one-sixth) into the season, the Rangers reshuffle (updated)

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Here’s my story from The Journal News and LoHud.com:

By Rick Carpiniello

GREENBURGH – You could look at the Rangers’ moves on Monday as shuffling deck chairs, moving around a lot of spare parts.

They could have zero impact whatsoever.

Very clearly, though it’s early, the Rangers’ organization sees its roster as having holes, especially with captain Ryan Callahan injured and rookie Chris Kreider hurt (and prior to that ineffective).

Eight games is all it took, but in a lockout season, eight games is one-sixth of a season.

So the Rangers did some dancing with their roster after Monday’s practice – in which both Callahan and Kreider skated in no-contact jerseys.

They traded veteran winger Mike Rupp – a very popular guy among his peers, but an aging, slowing, less effective fourth liner and fighter – to Minnesota for wingers Darroll Powe, expected to be a penalty-killer and role player with a little bite in his game, and Nick Palmieri, who was immediately assigned to Connecticut of the AHL.

The Rangers weren’t finished there. They called up 2011 first-round draft pick, center J.T. Miller, 19 and coming off the USA’s gold medal at the World Junior Championships, and 6-4, 230-pound left winger Brandon Mashinter, who was acquired from San Jose a couple of weeks ago. Recently-acquired Benn Ferriero, who was quickly demoted to the fourth line, was also sent to Connecticut.

That’s a lot of changes for a 4-4 team coming off its best game of the season (a 3-2 win in Tampa Saturday) and headed into its first meeting of the season against the arch-rival Devils, the team that eliminated the Rangers from the Eastern Conference finals last spring. More could be coming.

Don’t get too excited over the Miller promotion. The kid is still seen as an enormous prospect for the organization, but he will have to really shine to stay once Callahan is healthy, and if Kreider returns to the lineup upon being cleared. They won’t keep him around for giggles.

But if Miller can help, and who knows if Mashinter can actually play at this level … well, sometimes moves like these cause sparks. The call-ups of Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, even Stu Bickel and Kreider, over the last couple of years brought immediate rewards to the Rangers.

Let’s face it, though. With the Rick Nash addition and the free agency turnover over the summer, the Rangers lost a lot of their lineup and their identity in Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Prust, Ruslan Fedotenko and even John Mitchell.

Depth wasn’t supposed to be a problem until Kreider started miserably and Hagelin and Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle struggled, and then Callahan got hurt.

Now it’s all reshuffled. We’ll find out if different is better.

J.T. Miller photo by Getty Images.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is what happens when you get news from Twitter, where reporting goes to die. I earlier wrote what I had read, that Miller burns a year of his entry-level contract if he plays five games this year. But Miller is already a pro. I’m pretty sure he’s burning that year already. The ELC thing has to do with junior players, not minor leaguers. I am checking it out now).

In the meantime, one of our most knowledgeable readers, CTBlueshirt, gives us this interpretation:

If a player aged 18 or 19 signs an entry-level contract with a club (with his age calculated on Sept. 15 of the year he signed the contract) but does not play in at least 10 NHL games, the contract will “slide” or be extended one year. The extension does not apply if the player turns 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31 in the year he signed the contract.

Depending on the contract’s structure, the player’s cap hit can be affected either by an increase or a decrease. Players who sign at age 18 can have their contract extended (or “slide”) two seasons.

CBA reference: Section 9.1 (d) (P. 23-24)

*Amended to 5 games this season.

 

 

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  1. Repost:

    bull dog,

    I don’t doubt that he earned a call up, but do you think they made the decision that he earned it over the course of less than a week, in which he only played 2 games?

    And given that the cap is coming down next year and the wave of RFA and UFA players they will have over the next couple of seasons, maintaining that extra year of cost control is probably a smart move.

  2. Bull dog, I believe the Flyers just went through it with Scott Laughton so not necessarily small market thinking…

  3. CT,
    not saying your point is not valid. just saying the Rangers don’t think that way. that is small market thinking. like the Islanders with Strome.

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  5. Not sure where I said Powe averaged five minutes TOI. I said his average PK TOI was 2:27 and 3:10 the last two years.

    His total TOI was 12-14 per game over that time.

  6. The Isles also burned a year with Nino’s contract and they’re also a team that usually needs to take on waiver wire pick ups to reach the salary floor.

  7. No i dont because he was actually their best player the first 5 games of the year with Hartnell and Simmonds in the lineup. He had a somewhat mediocre 5th game and was sent down. The Flyers are in much worse shape than we are and if an easy fix like Laughton would solve it im sure it would have been done already.

    P.S. Some talk of them going after Iginla. I will cry.

  8. Considering the Flyers are having to dress Rinaldo, Sestito and just signed Knuble along with losing Hartnell and Simmonds you’d think they would want more skill. However it looks like they’re choosing to manage their future cap as well.

  9. Carp: You sure about the 5 games and burn a year off the entry level deal for Miller? I thought because he’s playing professional hockey that first year is burned.

    I mean if a kid who’s got no junior time left (ie he’s 20) spends his first 2 years in the AHL, 2 years get burned off his entry level deal…

  10. If a player aged 18 or 19 signs an entry-level contract with a club (with his age calculated on Sept. 15 of the year he signed the contract) but does not play in at least 10 NHL games, the contract will “slide” or be extended one year. The extension does not apply if the player turns 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31 in the year he signed the contract.

    Depending on the contract’s structure, the player’s cap hit can be affected either by an increase or a decrease. Players who sign at age 18 can have their contract extended (or “slide”) two seasons.

    CBA reference: Section 9.1 (d) (P. 23-24)

    @Amended to 5 games this season@

  11. ZzZz NASH ZzZz on

    Tonight!!?? Rangers aren’t playin tonight Carp are they?

    Prust is a bust. I loved Prust. I really did. BUT he left us…the dumbass. Prust is a traitor . He sucks and I love that his old number is GONE!!!

  12. Prust is the greatest and nothing will ever replace him. I would have left you guys for $10M as well! We all would. Because Human Beings are, by nature, sell outs.

    CTB – too much legal speak. Translate please…

  13. _CTB is always right when it comes to stuff like this and I am almost always wrong_

    Time for a WAR/Corsi discussion…

  14. Laughton had zero points in 5 games, in about 11 minutes per. not sure he was one of there better players. also, he was sent back to junior, not the AHL. very different.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB’s interpretation is correct. The rule concerns eligibility for juniors, not whether a guy is actually playing there. Miller is on the 5 game clock, which is about enough time for Callahan to come back, given the original injury timetable.

  16. DP, Actually I’m accepting all the blame for the shoddy fact checking of info I saw on Twitter. Not blaming anybody but myself. And working to correct it.

    LW, how’s Corsi’s team doing?

  17. And, yeah, the tonight thing happens when I quickly post a story written for tomorrow’s paper on today’s blog. Shoddy.

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    In other words, I agree with Carp’s assessment: he will really have to be something special to stick around after Callahan returns. Frankly, I’m eager to see him play. I was not supportive of him being drafted but hope to be proven wrong.

  19. Powe has a lot to live up to wearing that number. Blech…..should be retired….

    CTB rules the rules!

  20. What took so long, I knew they would have to make moves soon or later. I don’t expect Miller to take right over and control the game, but He has been playing well and I think he will be better than Krieder has been. I don’t expect a lot from Mashinter either, but he’s a big guy that can scrap so you never know. Mashinter has only played 7 or 8 games as a Whale. He hasn’t been bad dne there he scored a couple and got an assist or two.

  21. Hey Carp, Krisy liked the blog and posted on her FB page….got a like from me and RangerSwede….you’re officially international!

  22. I wonder about all these moves in such a short season…we haven’t been clicking a lot as it is….I am a tad worried…..

  23. In general, regardless of anything- this organization will not prevent a player from playing for them if he’s making a positive impact. Neither Sather or Torts would sacrifice the chance of success in order to avoid having to resign someone

  24. Mashinter has basically no NHL body of work so what he’ll do is anybody’s guess. He’s had some ok stats in the AHL and OHL but that doesn’t really mean anything. Regardless, I’d rather dress him than Mike Rupp.

  25. likewise, James, they won’t keep a kid up a second longer than they should if they feel he needs more time in the AHL.

  26. Carp you got any guess on how they are going to use JT Miller up here? I can’t imagine they brought him up to play on the 4th line.

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