The New York Rangers put Micheal Haley on waivers Sunday with the intent of sending him to Hartford. He cleared waivers Monday and it appears his short career as a Blueshirt is over. Considering his record, why was he even here?
When Micheal Haley made the New York Rangers out of training camp, some observers were perplexed. He had come to camp on a Professional Tryout after not being offered a contract by the San Jose Sharks. His performance in the preseason was not exactly stellar.
Haley played in four of the five preseason games. The most ice time he had in any one game was 9:47. He scored one goal in those four games and was an even plus/minus player. He did get into three fights and took one other minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The game that he played the fewest minutes was the only game the Rangers won with him in the lineup. When he made the team, his role was clear. He was to be an enforcer who would play under ten minutes a game. Any offensive contributions would be a bonus.
Every coach seems to have a player like Micheal Haley on his team. For Alain Vigneault, it was Tanner Glass. Who can forget the smirk on Vigneault’s face when Glass scored in the 2017 playoffs on Carey Price. This was after the coach had been raked over the coals for playing Glass instead of Pavel Buchnevich.
After Glass, it was Cody McLeod who actually made it through two coaches before he was banished. McLeod played 25 games for Vigneault, registering two assists and a -11 plus/minus rating. Last season, McLeod averaged 6:49 of ice time in 31 games for David Quinn. He scored one goal, was minus ten and had 60 minutes in penalties. His lack of discipline was ultimately his downfall and he was traded back to Nashville where he saw little action down the stretch.
This season it was Micheal Haley who was the roster selection that filled the “coach’s pick” category, much to everyone’s surprise.