Moore Settles In; J.T.'s Wrist "Better"

Following Friday's optional morning skate at the CONSOL Energy Center newly-acquired Rangers defenseman John Moore spoke with reporters about the whirlwind his life has been ever since being traded from Columbus to New York on Wednesday.

"It's been crazy, I think that's the only word that can describe everything," said the 22 year-old Moore. "From the range of emotions to my first game in The Garden to scoring my first goal, it's just been an unbelievable couple of days here. Taking a step back it's also been pretty fun. I didn't know what to expect, I had never been traded before in my entire career. Everyone has been unbelievable to us here. It's been an awesome couple of days."

Moore logged 14:09 worth of ice time in his Rangers debut Wednesday night, and scored his first goal of the season---only the third of his young NHL career. The former first round pick paired on the blueline with veteran Steve Eminger, which worked quite well for Moore.

"He was great," Moore said of Eminger. "I was asking him a lot of questions on the bench, just about certain plays and certain coverages. He was great to me, and he's a heckuva' hockey player, too, so he made my job a lot easier."

Now with a couple of days to collect himself, Moore will be right back at it tonight when the Rangers try and sweep their home and home with the Penguins.

"I feel a lot more comfortable," Moore said this morning. "I feel pretty happy with (my first game), but I just want to keep it simple. The coaches are gradually installing the systems. But I was happy to hop right in there."


Though he would love the opportunity to play in front of his family and friends in Pittsburgh tonight, Rangers rookie J.T. Miller---who grew up outside of Pittsburgh---will take the cautious route and once again rest and rehab his sore left wrist. Miller took part in the morning skate and reported that his wrist "feels a lot better today", and he is hoping he'll be able to shoot the puck with more authority in the coming days.

"I was trying to hold out hope for today, but I didn't want to hurt the team," explained Miller, who did see his parents for a brief time Thursday night after the Rangers arrived in Pittsburgh. "I have to take care of this day-by-day. Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow and I can shoot the puck a bit harder."

The 20 year-old Miller, who has two goals and four points on the season, will be scratched for a second consecutive game this evening. In fact John Tortorella will dress the same 20-man lineup as the one that beat the Penguins 6-1 on Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist will make the start in goal for New York.


Alternate captain Marc Staal, who has not played since being struck in the eye in a game against the Flyers on March 5th, traveled with the team to Pittsburgh. However Staal, who is working out on his own off the ice, is along not to return to practice, but instead to see his brothers Eric and Jordan when the Blueshirts road trip continues in Carolina this weekend. When the Rangers head to Toronto on Sunday morning, Staal will fly back to New York.

Still it is a major lift to see the popular Staal with his teammates again, even if he is not quite ready to begin practicing. He attended a full team dinner in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, a great opportunity to meet and get to know newcomers Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard, and John Moore.

If all continues to go well, Staal will meet with reporters sometime next week back in New York.