NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller didn't have to be told why he was sent down to the American Hockey League two weeks into the season, nor did anyone have to inform him why he was scratched four times in a span of eight games from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4.
"I'm not a guy that can afford to take games off," Miller said.
Was he guilty of that?
"Yeah, obviously," Miller said. "You're judged on how you play, it's performance-based, and I definitely don't think I brought it every game at the beginning of this year or last year."
Call it part of his learning curve if you want, but the Rangers were trying to become a top team in the Eastern Conference in the middle part of this season and there was zero trust in Miller's game from coach Alain Vigneault at that time.
Miller knew why.
"Yeah, there were no brain busters here," he said.