Lineup Changes

Jack Johnson to be a healthy scratch

Looks like David Quinn has seen enough. Jack Johnson will be a healthy scratch tonight against the Penguins. Brendan Smith will take his place in the lineup. Another change will be Colin Blackwell in for Brendan Lemieux.

Johnson’s scratching wasn’t really expected, but definitely warranted. He’d been by far the worst defenseman on the team. Smith, while not a super star, did well in his two games on the third pair. There was no real reason to scratch him. This is another big step in the Rangers trending in the right direction.

Jack Johnson as a healthy scratch was long overdue, even if it had just been four games. This isn’t going to be a permanent thing, but I’d expect him to be on more of a rotation with Smith going forward.

Brendan Lemieux’s scratch is likely due to injury. He went down hard after blocking a few shots in the third period on Friday. He could barely get to the bench. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, or he’d be on IR. Blackwell gets his first game of the season in his stead.

Blackwell was promoted off the taxi squad, and his prorated $725,000 cap hit will be added to the Rangers cap.

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  • It’s about time, on JJ. Put him on the taxi squad, PLEASE.

    Interested to see Blackwell play.

    I guess that Quinn wants to see how Gaut looks in street clothes. Why did the Rangers trade Keane for him? Once again, asset management…

  • Is Gauthier hurt? Blackwell should be fine. From what I’ve read he is a quality bottom four. Just getting JJ out of the lineup is huge! Way huge.

  • About time JJ Is introduced to press box – I hear a collective sigh of relief on this board already. Now lets come out with a strong effort tonight on both sides of ice and leave no doubts. Hope Lemieux comes back soon – need his chippy play in line up.

  • JJ SCRATCHED!!!, Great!! Please confiscate his skates and sticks and ship them to any AHL team ( other than ours ) who will take them!

  • Jack Johnson is a minus, Brendan Smith is a plus. Finally, after 4 games, the coaching staff have seen the light. Jack Johnson is the extra to replace the injured D- man

  • Never to late to figure it out. Let’s hope this group tonight gives Quinn no reason to make any changes for the next game.

  • I hope there is a real reason that Gauthier continues to sit, because he sure earned more playing time when he did play….I thought in those two games he was one of the only consistent Rangers…

  • Not sure why Gauthier is sitting. Maybe I missed something in the games.

    JJ should sit on the taxi squad. Let Smith and Tony play together and get some chemistry for heaven’s sake. Shuffling to find the right combo is fine, but JJ is never going to be the right combo on a long term basis. That is obvious.

  • Lemieux took a selfish penalty last game against the Pens, he should sit. Not sad to see JJ scratched, I have him behind Libor on the Rangers depth chart.

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