J.T. Miller: Requiem for a Captain Who Never Was

A Rangers’ first-round pick in a decade lacking them. A first-line talent on a team jammed to the brim with middle-sixers. A growth and maturation process that’s endearing to every fan base. A leadership pedigree amongst elite peers as a youngster. A willingness to drop the gloves and stand up for himself and his teammates. A sterling confidence to pull off a highlight reel first career goal.

A no-nonsense attitude and no fear of the NHL’s elite.

Great hair.

The story was ready to write itself.

J.T. Miller, on paper, had the resume to be a long-term Rangers captain. With the void created by the trade of Ryan McDonagh to Tampa Bay, the table was set for Miller’s reign and the “C” could have, potentially, moved seamlessly to the #10 sweater. Instead, due to a number of factors, including Miller’s own enigmatic persona, he was offloaded to Tampa Bay with the former captain and the story of Miller as a Ranger comes to a close with no grand ending.

Get Used to This Feeling; There's More Pain Coming

In the span of about 72 hours, the New York Rangers traded away three of their longest-tenured players in Rick Nash, J.T. Miller, and Ryan McDonagh – mostly for long-term futures. The cuts were deep, but necessary components of what could be a multiple-year rebuild designed to return the club to contention.

The knife cut particularly deep when the Rangers agreed to deal away McDonagh, who has another year remaining at a team-friendly $4.7M, marking the second time in five years the club has traded its captain – coincidentally enough, to the Lightning.

Yet, as painful as these moments were—and there could be more on the immediate horizon, like agonizingly watching McDonagh win a Stanley Cup alongside a bevy of ex-Rangers, or trading Mats Zuccarello at the draft—the real pain is still to come.

Report: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller Headed to the Lightning

For the second time in five years, the New York Rangers have traded their captain.

And for the second time in five years, it’s to the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Rangers Deal Rick Nash to Boston Bruins

The Rick Nash era in New York is officially over. At least for now. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the former All-Star has been to be traded to the Boston Bruins.

Rangers Deal Grabner to New Jersey Devils for Pick, Prospect

The New York Rangers’ rebuild has officially begun! Fresh off the heels of sending Nick Holden to Boston on Tuesday, the Blueshirts have dealt Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils. Yup. Seriously. The Devils.

Nick Holden Traded to Boston Bruins for Defenseman Rob O'Gara and 2018 Third Round Pick

The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Nick Holden.

Quick Hits: Eyes on the Prize

Sweet ‘n Sauer

As brief as it was, how great was it seeing Michael Sauer again? And how poetic that his appearance occurred the same night Dion Phaneuf—the man responsible for ending Sauer’s NHL career—was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. That feel-good moment would instantly become a feel-good story were we to learn the Rangers have employed him again, perhaps as a scout, but in all likelihood, he was just visiting for the night given his St. Cloud roots. Regardless, it’s nice to know he’s alive and well since falling off the grid in the months and years following that horrific collision with Phaneuf.

Steven Kampfer Out Four-to-Six Weeks; Rangers Recall D Ryan Sproul

Another one bites the dust.

Shortly after 6 pm tonight, the New York Rangers announced the club has recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolf Pack thanks to yet another long-term injury. This time to Steven Kampfer, who is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fractured hand:

Rangers Recall G Alexandar Georgiev

In the wake of yet another injury loss—this time to backup goaltender Ondrej Pavelec—the Rangers have recalled goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Gauging Returns on an Inevitable Trade - Will Rick Be a Nash-ville or Star?

With a fire sale on the way, the New York Rangers have 18 days to find new homes for many of their valuable trade chips. Perhaps none—at least among their Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)—will command a bigger return than Rick Nash. The 33-year old was asked to provide the Rangers with his no-trade list on Monday, which he obliged them with. Since then, the hockey world has been abuzz pondering his possible landing spots. A Darren Dreger update might just shed more light on that: