While the New York Rangers have just re-assigned Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale, fellow rookie J.T. Miller will remain on the Rangers roster, at least for now.
The Rangers are continuing to evaluate Miller on a game-by-game basis, and while it is almost certain at this point that Miller will be in the lineup against the Washington Capitals on Sunday – his sixth NHL game of his career – he may not necessarily remain long-term, the Rangers caution.
By Miller playing his sixth NHL game this season, the Rangers organization is effectively burning one year off of his entry-level contract.
But that doesn’t seem to be a concern at all for the Rangers, according to Joe Micheletti who had the following to say on MSG last night:
“They don’t care about the decision. When it comes down to it is this, you play seven years or you get to age 27 and you become a UFA. They don’t care one way or the other. Their attitude is that if he can help the team they will keep him. Even if they send him down, he is more than likely to play six games this season so the burning the year doesn’t matter.”
Miller scored two goals against the New York Islanders on Feb. 7, but has been scoreless ever since. He has two goals and is a plus-two overall in five games.