Here’s my unedited story from lohud.com:
By Rick Carpiniello
The Rangers made some relatively minor moves with potentially major impacts on Friday.
They sent forwards J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast, both of whom had been healthy scratches for two games since the home-opener debacle against Toronto, to Hartford of the AHL, and recalled center Chris Mueller.
What it means is, most likely, Martin St. Louis will move back to his natural Hall of Fame position on the wing, with Mueller taking over as third center.
And with St. Louis back on the wing – as he was, with center Kevin Hayes and winger Rick Nash, late in the 2-1 shootout win over Carolina Thursday – that could have significant impact on 19-year-old rookie Anthony Duclair.
Duclair fell out of coach Alain Vigneault’s shortened three-line rotation late in that game. If St. Louis is on the wing along with Nash, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin, Tanner Glass, Ryan Malone and Lee Stempniak, then Duclair could be scratched as early as Sunday vs. San Jose at the Garden.
If Duclair’s not going to get a sweater on a regular basis, then he’s surely going to be headed back to his junior team in Quebec. The Rangers don’t have to make that decision right away, and a lot (injuries, poor play) can happen to make that decision, either way, for them.
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