Rangers recall J.T. Miller, send Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham to Hartford prior to holiday roster freeze


From the NYR:


Arron Asham and Dylan McIlrath assigned to the Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, December 19, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward J.T. Miller from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), while forward Arron Asham and defenseman Dylan McIlrath have been assigned to the Wolf Pack.

Miller, 20, has recorded two goals and one assist in two games with Hartford since his assignment on December 9. He currently leads the Wolf Pack with a plus-five rating, ranks second on the team with seven goals and is tied for seventh in scoring with nine points in eight AHL games this season. Miller returns to the Rangers where he has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 17 games this season. He notched his first goal of the season on November 10 against Florida.

The East Palestine, Ohio native was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Asham, 35, has skated in six games with the Rangers this season. He returns to Hartford where he has registered two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 12 games. Asham made his debut with the Wolf Pack on October 18 against Manchester, following his assignment to Hartford on October 15. He tallied two assists in a four-game span from November 8 vs. Providence to November 16 at Bridgeport. His assist on November 8 vs. Providence was also his first career point with the Wolf Pack.

The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2012. He was originally selected by Montreal as a third round choice, 71st overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

McIlrath, 21, made his NHL debut on December 12 against Columbus, and has skated in two games with the Rangers this season. He returns to Hartford where he has registered three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 115 penalty minutes in 24 games. McIlrath led the AHL in penalty minutes and was tied for third in the league with nine fighting majors at the time of his recall on December 11, and is tied for second among Wolf Pack defensemen in goals.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected as the Rangers’ first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


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  1. Paul in sunrise on

    I am confused by the waiver rules so if Anyone can explain how asham is not on waivers please help me out. Also I am pretty sure they can make call ups if needed just no waivers or trades? Right?

  2. Continually swapping players gives the impression that this organization has the depth to win and they just haven’t figured out the right combo. That isn’t the case.

  3. Paul, ilb or one of our other CBA specialists can explain better than I, but I believe once Asham cleared previously, he can now go to and from without waivers. Not that it matters.

  4. Good evening all!

    AV, what the farging heck…..Jiminy Crickets what the hartnell is going on???

  5. If by fight you mean get his head punched into the ice over and over and over then *yes*

    The best part is that NO ONE will come to his defense this time. Because Dubinsky is gone.

  6. AV should not even dress Dorsett, the Isles don’t try to intimidate by brawling and Dorsett will undoubtedly try to start something if they fall behind.

    Marti from my observation does not initiate, he responds, but I doubt it will be that type game.

    Ranger D will be put to the test Isles forwards quick and forecheck really well.

    If you look at the Isles record and the games they’ve lost, majority by 1gl., few by 2 and shootouts.

    If they improve their D next year the will be tough to play against.

    And if we’re doing a metro area analysis, the Devs are improving despite the loss of their two best scoring forwards.

    Their young D look very good especially Gelinas, Merrill and Larson.

  7. Carp! This season is making me beyond thirsty and all the fish are dying….

    there is no plan! I wish there was a plan! Where is the plan!!!

  8. If things don’t go well tomorrow, I’m glad I don’t live higher than 7th floor…

    fyi, Fozzy and I will be in city…at Blarney Rock before game…come join us…

  9. Send ’em up, send ’em down, bring ’em up, send ’em down, bring the other guy up, send this guy down, then reverse it and send two guys down, one up, then two up, one……
    Anybody got a clue?

  10. Sather threw some raw McIlmeat to the neanderthals to put them off the scent of mediocrity. Otherwise why wasn’t Miller brought back straight away when Callahan went down?

    Radical on my part, I know, but I believe Miller is a better hockey player than McIlrath. And Asham is so far past his sell-by date he’s curdling.

  11. We now have a 175 lb. 5’10” one handed enforcer. No wonder Nash has joined War Admiral in doing the Gangnam Slide. Even McDonagh said our response to Hank’s creaming was “embarrassing.”

  12. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _Makes you wonder if McIlrath was a showcase and not a true roster move._

    No, it does not make anyone wonder. 14 minutes of NHL ice time is not going to change any general manager’s view of him.

  13. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I must admit some pretty weak sauce by the rangers in their “roster moves”…

    They are asking too much for the mad bomber IMHO and they really do need a roster shake up.

    I feel so bad for dorsett, they could have at least recalled beach.

    Probably called up miller because he scored two goals against the fishies once.

  14. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Dorsett provides nothing save for cromulence.

  15. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So we have the fishies, wild, leaves, and craps before the roster freeze is over and this is the roster we are going into those 4 games with?

    Not wanting to sound like Eric here, but I’d be shocked if we win more than one of those games.

  16. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Or if he doesn’t get injured in general with zippo truculence in the line up other than dorsett and that other falker.

  17. If Crosby played here, he’d be on his own, holding hands with Richie, gliding to the safety of the bench.

  18. Just had a peek at the number of transactions for some sample NHL teams, searching only for minors call-ups and send-downs. The Rangers are by no means unusual in said transaction count. Something that NHL teams do, apparently. The worst single one I came across was the Oilers sending down Arcobello, a legit Calder candidate, though I’m sure there are other examples of rookie abuse. I’m no Sather fan, but this stuff seems pretty ordinary.

  19. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Kenneth has nearly forty years on Dorsett, so the likelihood of Dorsett being able to out-cromulent Kenneth is vast.

  20. The merry go round of Hartford continues. This franchise doesn’t have a clue. From top on down they are all a del zaster.

  21. Norm thinks it’s all very ordinary. Good choice of word. Good teams with good management bring up a player to fit a a slot, not asking too much from him; everyone we bring up is implausibly expected to rock the world.

  22. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _everyone we bring up is implausibly expected to rock the world._

    Expected by the fans? You can’t speak for management.

  23. Boyler’s Mom: “No one should be fighting, dear.”
    Dorsett’s Mom: “Rock that creep, Derek!”

  24. 6:32: “14 minutes of NHL ice time is not going to change any general manager’s view of him.”

    6:51: “You can’t speak for management.”

  25. JT Miller is being completely mismanaged by the organization.

    It’s clear the AV doesn’t see much in him. Whereas, Torts loved the kid.

    Calling up McIlrath was just a head scratcher. Pointless move. Guy is clearly not ready and isn’t scaring anyone with that babyface.

    Kind of reminds of how they called up Thomas last year for one game and then traded him for Kristo later on.

  26. Coos, the funny thing is McIlrath was brought up to fill a certain role, seemingly filled it … then rode the bus back to Hartford.

  27. The fans are the twenty-first century version of the unwashed at the Roman Colosseum. Caesar decides what they’re going to watch and not watch, and how to manipulate their appetites.

  28. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    You can’t speak for management’s expectations of players.

  29. I shouldn’t say that about AV. He doesn’t communicate well so it’s entirely possible he absolutely loves JT Miller.

  30. The players gave McWrathful the hat; three days later Sather gave HIM the hat. Let this team choose their own Captain and ‘A’s’.

  31. Paul in sunrise on

    Moved down for college 22 years ago. I have returned to New York for three short visits since. Hard to go back to the cold. I am a center ice sucker paying Ed Snyder and this year I have deleted more DVR games than watched. But I feel they are coming out if this funk.

  32. And speaking of McIllrath whom I have on numerous occasions and comparing him with Cam Fowler who was picked after.

    It would appear that a consensus is forming re: his maturation and heady play.

    McIllrath was a stretch of the worst order by Sather and co.having neither developed team toughness or found a deterrent from another source.

    Why is it considered a problem to have two offensive D?

  33. We’re all set now. The Miller call up will light a fire under this teams collective butt. Really a good example of a well run organization, making all the right moves at the right times.

    Sather= Genius
    AV= maestro
    NYR = perennial cup champs


  34. Boyos, “Kenneth and Comn are both over 60”, as is I believe Rob.

    Now why does it surprise you boys that we older folks have unlimited perspective , wisdom and the occasional funny barb? ;)

    BTW, I am over 75!

  35. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    We should have traded JT Miller after his first 28 minutes TOI over 2 games. He scored 2 goals and was on pace for 82 goals in an 82 game season. Wow! Every general manager would have given us a diamond mine for him. (;

  36. KRISTO will get 10 minutes up here, by March, too. He will score one goal, register one assist, and look comfortable, like he belongs. Which will be his first and last mistake until his next 10-minute trial in 2015.

    MILLER is going in a trade for the next available 34-year old career wash-out whose name pops up on the trade rumor mill.

    BIG MAC blew it. I acknowledge he did poorly, understanding he was a “hit” with his teammates and MIGHT have settled in a bit, given more time. I do not look for him to be back up here this year, and think the best he can do is just come into camp, next fall, as a footnote, and perhaps surprise a few people. Who knows, maybe Santa will put a new G.M. in place by then.

    OSCAR LINDBERG – whom I chided as a forward with defensive-defenseman scoring stats when he was acquired, now looks like he has blossomed and perhaps even has star potential. His highlights at YouTube are extremely impressive as regards his creativity with the puck. But when will he get a chance? I worry they will bring him up relatively late and hamper his career development, accordingly.

  37. Stranger Nation on

    He’s a real nowhere man
    Sitting in his nowhere land
    Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

    Doesn’t have a point of view
    Knows not where he’s going to
    Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

  38. Stranger Nation on

    And nobody seems to like him
    They can tell what he wants to do
    And he never shows his feelings
    But the fool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning around

  39. Stranger Nation on

    One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
    Two can be as bad as one
    It’s the loneliest number since the number one

  40. Stranger, really on a fab four jag, eh? You stuck me with quite an ear worm with the Fool on the Hill. Better than most, I guess. Surprised that it happens from just reading the lyrics.

  41. Matty"We'reAbunchOfCreamPuffs!!"Boy on

    Robby Bonfire….Oscar Lindberg fits the bill. Yet another 6’0″, and 187 lbs. Geez, I could play for this team, already.

    My guess is Sather is thinking back to Gretz and his playing size and thinking if it worked for him in the ’80’s it can work for anyone.

    Problem is it’s 2013. And, that was Gretz. And he had guys like McSorley behind him.

    Dorsett is our McSorley(180 lbs vs. 235 lbs)

  42. Beyond Miller who I already love as my Dubinsky replacement, Lindberg is the most intriguing guy to me in Hartford. Seems like the exact kind of guy we should be able to drop on the 3rd line for 5 years and stop with the signing Pouliots / overplaying Pyatts nonsense.

  43. Longbeard Since 1994 on

    In the stands at the last game I overheard some fan say that Boyle was “big for nothing”. I guess the same goes for Nash and Pyatt. NYR needs a big for something. For the “The king” to get hammered like he did last night and have not even a free face wash was pansification, soft nonsense.

  44. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    _able to drop on the 3rd line for 5 years_

    I have been asked politely by Mister Carp to cease the mocking (:

  45. Longbeard Since 1994 on

    Stadium jerseys made of camel hair. But no camels were harmed in the making of the jerseys.

  46. Matty – You ask a good question re why Lindberg? I was asking the same question when he was acquired when lacking decent offensive numbers. In fact, I saw his stats before I saw what his position was and just assumed he was a D-man.

    Anyway, he is a bit bigger than MZA, and looks like he rates a chance. I am not going out on a limb and predicting great things for him, just saying I would like to see what he can bring to the mix, here. His just replacing an old, effete guy on this roster would be a “plus.”

  47. Replace some body with any body. Please. I think we can agree that the current roster ain’t quite getting it done.
    I think this is the most disappointing thing about AV so far. He hasn’t found line combos that work. Granted he may not have the horses but Hags, Boyle and Asham to start the game last night? Come on, who thought that line would work out?

  48. I imagine its really tough to form effective lines when you’re being handed five 4th liners on most nights. Atleast Miller is a step in the right direction.

  49. When the Rangers actually were winning games consecutively (3 in a row and 2 in a row) the Zucc-Stepan-Kreider line was carrying the team and Nash wasn’t in the lineup…

    Since Nash is back the Rangers haven’t played very well…

    Coincidence? No, AV broke up our most productive line.

  50. Minnesota getting killed by that same minor league team tonight, in Pitt. This will be six in a row and 11 of 12. Or 12 of 13. So, yeah.

  51. How many ex-Rangers currently have more goals than the Rangers leader? Higgins and Jagr definitely. Parenteau is tied. Anyone I’m missing?

  52. I usually try to put a positive spin on Ranger call ups, and send downs, but I have to say I am really confused as to what they are doing with Miller. I was good with them sending him down to play for awhile. let him develop. now he is back up again and I don’t know why. what is his role on this team? his best position is center. they already have 5 on the roster. LW maybe?

  53. ‘Serenity Lodge is a 43 bed residential treatment center located in Rockingham for people with drug and alcohol use problems.’

  54. Nice to have Miller back, but bit worried about McIlrath going down. Hope Boyle has been to boxing practice this past 2-3 weeks.

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