Since Chris Kreider‘s hand injury, the New York Rangers have had a few different roster moves. When one of your top line players goes out with an injury late in the season it is imperative that a replacement be found faster than now.
Initially, coach Alain Vigneault tried to use his healthy forwards to fill in the empty space. Musical wingers started as Daniel Carcillo, Derek Dorsett, and even Brian Boyle were rotated through the top six. Even the third line was tampered with to try to get the right fit for the lines.
J.T. Miller returned to the Rangers from the Hartford Wolf Pack; that was a mess. He dressed, and played, two games then he was a healthy scratch for two more games before packing his gear for Hartford again. After the transaction, Vigneault was very cut and dry about Miller and his poor performance. The quotes are ugly, and a very clear message was sent. The question becomes, was the message received?
Jesper Fast was called up from Hartford
to try his luck at playing in the NHL again. Fast originally made the team out of training camp over Kreider but was demoted after failing to produce positive numbers. Last night Fast played alongside Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. He made some truly brilliant plays, set Richards up a few times, matched speeds with Hagelin. He even covered for Raphael Diaz who pinched a little too far at one point.
So today’s question is a very simple one. Who do you like filling in for Kreider until he’s ready for action again? Do you like Fast playing in the NHL again or would you prefer to have Miller back up with the team?