1/25/18 | 6:09PM: Alain Vigneault said on Thursday:
- On JT Miller, "he was fine, skated yesterday, had a very professional attitude. Today he came in and is focused and we turn the page and move on and get ready for tonight. We need a win and that is what we are focused on."
- What do you need to see from JT, "JT does a lot of good things on the ice but sometimes he puts himself in a little bit of trouble with decisions with the puck. He needs to take the high percentage road and he will be in good shape."
3:57PM: JT Miller spoke after the morning skate on Thursday and said (NYR):
- "There is no point in sitting back and feeling bad for myself. I know my play needs to be elevated and I think my response tonight needs to be a strong effort. I am focused on today, not two days ago. The team needs to have a good game and I think that when I am playing well it helps."
- What did you take out of being benched, "need to elevate my game. You can X it and O it all you want and I think I evaluate myself pretty fairly and I know that it's not good enough. I'm not surprised by what happened, I am ready to play and move on. Just ready to play with a strong effort and the way that I know how."
- On how he dealt with it, "at that point you just want the team to win. I thought the guys played a pretty good game, put up a lot of shots, had good looks. The game isn't about me, can't be a distraction, gotta be a good teammate and move forward."
- "I just gotta play to my strengths and skating and being physical. I gotta get in on the forecheck and hitting people. Can't look to make plays all the time, gotta shoot the puck and move your feet. It's so simple, really, at the end of the day."
- "It's not rocket science, just gotta stay with my game, make a play when it's there and play physical and be heavy. You gotta make plays when they are there, you can't force it or try to make a play up. You can't try to force things, tried to twice and it ended up in the back of the net both times."
1/24/18 | Last night against Anaheim, JT Miller was benched for the final 41 minutes after committing a turnover that led to Anaheim's fourth goal.
Miller was carrying the puck through the neutral zone on a Rangers PP when he attempted to make a pass toward Tony DeAngelo that was intercepted by Ryan Getzlaf and sent to Adam Henrique for a shorthanded goal.
He played 4:55 in the first period and his final shift on the game ended with 1:22 left in the first.
When asked after the game about benching Miller, Alain Vigneault said that he had "seen enough" already.
Jimmy Vesey only saw one shift in the third period after playing 4:29 in the first and 3:58 in the second.
Adam Rotter: Right or wrong, this happens with Miller from time to time. He makes a mistake or two, sees the bench and when the Rangers take the ice before tomorrow's game before San Jose, it's likely that he will be moved down in the lineup. Vigneault seems to single out Miller, and to some extent Vesey, because of the potential he has. Miller has the ability to be a difference maker for the Rangers but he hasn't been consistent this season or taken the step in his development that was probably expected. Miller still has a chance to live up to his potential but he needs to work on his consistency or it's possible that he will be working on his development and consistency with a new organization.