Rangers place Taylor Pyatt on waivers

January 1, 2014, by

Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed forward Taylor Pyatt on waivers. Pyatt has been a big disappointment this season and hasn’t played a game since the December 12 loss to Columbus. Pyatt has just one assist in his 22 games this season, while being a negative Corsi player (42.7% Corsi) with 34.5% offensive zone starts. As Kevin said this morning, it appears that Pyatt’s speed has cost him a lot. His effort is not being questioned, but his execution has been lacking all year. The move likely signals that Ryan Callahan is good to go for Friday’s game in Pittsburgh. With Cally activated off IR, the Rangers needed to clear a roster spot.

If Pyatt clears waivers –and is assigned to the AHL– the Rangers will clear $925,000 of his $1.55 million salary. If he is claimed, then the entire $1.55 million will be off the books.

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  1. Todd says:

    About time. Now trade Del Zotto!

  2. Walt says:

    Taylor Pyatt tried his best, but his best just wasn’t good enough!!

    If he were playing in the late 50’s, early 60’s, he would have been a very good player. His misfortune was that he was born some 50 years too late.

    Here’s wishing you well in retirement!!

    • Bloomer says:

      I had the pleasure of watching him play in his prime in Vancouver. He played hard and physical but never crossed the line. I also wish him the best and who knows maybe someone will pick him up.

  3. Frank Cerbone says:


    After reading Vigneault’s quotes on MDZs turnovers over the last 2 gms necessitating MDZs benching. I went to the boxscores of MDZs last 2 gms where MDZ played a combined total of 40 minutes. MDZ had ONE turnover in 40 minutes over 2 gms, In those same 2 gms, Girardi had 3 & McDonough 2. Vigneault just keeps making stuff up. I also checked the NHL website on giveaways/takeaways.

    Over 42 gms,

    Stepan leads ALL Rangers with 29 takeaways & 16 giveways. Amongst Ranger forwards, Richards is last with 12 takeaways & 24 giveaways.

    Amongst defensemen, McDonough leads all Ranger defensemen with 32 giveaways, Girardi 24, Stralman 21, MDZ with 19, Moore 18. Staal has 15 giveaways, but has 22 takeaways.

    Ithink Vigneault has chosen MDZ, Hagelin, & Miller as his whipping boy. Don’t think MDZ will be saved before being traded. But Hagelin leads ALL Rangers with 9 even strength goal,3 game winning goals,18 takaways vs 15 giveaways, just having a solid, all around year….even if Vigneault demotes Hagelin to the 8th line.

    Keep your head down Vigneault, your day of reckoning is coming.

    • Bloomer says:

      Thanks for backing with facts, what I have been saying all along. MDZ is not the problem with this team. I believe that MDZ is they key to the future success of the Rangers. Brad Richards should be on the trade block not MDZ. Unfortunately with his huge contract, I doubt there are any takers.

    • Spozo says:

      To be fair, when you rank the defenseman on giveaways, that is the exact same order they have for minutes played per game. Of course McDonagh will have more giveaways than MDZ when he plays 10 minutes more a game. Staal has played the leSt number of games so he has less giveaway.

      C’mon Cerbone look at the big picture!

      • Frank Cerbone says:

        You are obviously not a numbers guy; Staal is the only ranger defenseman with more takeaways than giveaways.

      • FrankCerbone says:

        Spozo strikes again-so minutes played dictates volume of turnovers. Glad you never ran the numbers for me when I worked at Ford Motor Credit or Citibanka, NA for like 25 years as High Risk Officer. MDZ still has an edge over Moor in combined hits/blocks shots, even with MDZ in points, BUT MOORE NEEDED TO DO IT IN 7 EXTRA GMS WHILE PLAYING ON HIS NATURAL LEFT SIDE. Wonder how many assists Derek Jeter would have if he played catcher this year.

        • Spozo says:

          Where in my statement did I say MDZ sucked or was worse than Moore? All I said was that the people with more playing time had more turnovers than those with less playing time. Was it a perfect observation? No. And you obviously nit picked on another stat that was never part of the original discussion to further your argument that MDZ has been a whipping boy (something I never agreed or disagreed with).

          Clearly your career as an important whatever (I’m not saying you’re a liar but let’s be honest everyone can portray themselves as a big shot over the internet) has made you an expert on hockey. Did I know that your statement was meant to highlight that Staal has more takeaways than giveaways? No. In your jumble of extra commas and capital letters I saw stats that are incredibly skewed by playing time and that’s it. I didn’t think it told much and I still stand by that observation.

    • supermaz says:

      Del Zotto sucks. Anyone with eyes can see that. You can quote all the stupid stats you like, I’ve been watching hockey for 45 years. I know suck when I see it.

    • Todd says:

      Besides crunching the numbers on giveaways, you also should consider who each defenseman is skating against.

      McDonough and Girardi are going up against the top lines in the NHL. Del Zotto is not.

  4. SalMerc says:

    I think if MDZ gets moved and Slats brings in a more AV-like player, we need to really see if the problem is on the ice or behind the bench.

  5. Frank Cerbone says:

    McDonough was a +13 last year,now a -4
    Stepan was a +25, now a -3
    Hagelin was a +10, now +0
    Nash was a +16, now a +2,
    Zuccarello was a +10 now a -3
    Stralman was a +14, now a minus 6.
    Staal was a +4, now a -7.
    Lundquist was a 2.05, now a 2.7


    JUST CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MOVING/LOSING so many players when it is the coaching that is clearly the problem.

    Just look at Stepan, having a a truly great year in the forcheck with many more takeaways than turnovers, and still a minus player.

    The problem is Vigneault.

    • Mark says:

      While takeaways giveaways is certainly correlated with minutes played,,i still agree with you on this last post. Most of the team is down and of course there must be a younger whipping boy and he is MDZ. Another point, it seems that AV really downplays toughness ..more than the previous several coaches.