So far, it’s been the best off-season move the Rangers made, other than that Rick Nash thing. Ex-Coyote Taylor Pyatt, at 6 feet 4, 228 pounds, will never be compared to the 6-4, 219-pound Nash other than for how they use their big bodies. But, eight games into Pyatt’s tenure with the Rangers, he’s fulfilling expectations by being strong with the puck along the walls and has played himself into a second-line role with captain Ryan Callahan sidelined. And, as the Rangers demonstrated Monday with a flurry of activity in acquiring Darroll Powe from the Wild for Mike Rupp and recalling 2011 first-rounder J.T. Miller as well as ex-Shark Brandon Mashinter while shipping Benn Ferriero back to Connecticut (AHL), this lockout-shortened, 48-game season affords no time to wait for good performances. "I’m definitely not the quickest guy, but I think I’m a pretty strong skater," said the 31-year-old Pyatt, who has three goals and two assists. "I think when I’m able to get to the puck and use my size and protect it and give myself a little extra time to make a play, that’s when I’m usually at the top of my game." Pyatt set up both his linemates, center Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, for goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Tampa Bay. "We lost some people to free agency," said coach John Tortorella of the ruggedly versatile Brandon Prust, who signed with the Canadiens for an inflated four-year, $10 million deal, as well as veteran Ruslan Fedotenko, who went to the Flyers, and John Mitchell, who left for the Avalanche. "There were a number of people out there, but we felt the way he handles himself on and off the ice and what he does along the walls fit us," Tortorella added.
Taylor Pyatt solid addition, but Rangers still tweaking roster
Bergen Record | Feb 5