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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
J.T. Miller, Cam Talbot recalled

By Katie Strang

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In the wake of Monday's decision to waive both Martin Biron and Arron Asham, the Rangers officially recalled J.T. Miller and goaltender Cam Talbot on Tuesday morning.

Both Miller and Talbot practiced with the team Tuesday and seemed eager about the opportunity to help a team that struggled with a 1-4-0 start.

"It feels unbelievable," said the 26-year-old Talbot, who car-pooled with Miller to New York Monday evening. "I was pretty excited. This is my first call-up so I'm just trying to make the best of it and help the team any way I can."

Talbot is expected to assume the backup goaltender gig behind starter Henrik Lundqvist now that Biron has cleared waivers and been assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford, CT.

The former University of Alabama-Huntsville netminder had a strong camp with the Rangers in September. Following an exit meeting with coach Alain Vigneault that he deemed "positive" Talbot got the sense he might get an opportunity with the big club before too long.

"I think when AV said I was in the running for the back-up [job] that gave me a little bit of hope that this could happen at some point," Talbot said.

Miller also made a strong case for himself after being sent down after playing the season-opener against the Coyotes. In three games with the Wolf Pack, Miller scored four goals. That made it an easy decision for Vigneault and the Rangers' brass when they huddled over who to bring up to fill the void left by Rick Nash's absence (concussion).

"That's what I expected," Vigneault said of the 20-year-old forward. "He went there, scored four goals, got some great scouting reports...the coaching staff over there said he played real well."

As far as what happens with Biron and Asham, both of whom cleared waivers Tuesday at noon, that remains to be seen. Though it appears Asham would accept an assignment to the team's AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, Biron didn't seem as sure.

The 36-year-old backup goaltender, who struggled in two appearances this season, did not rule out retirement as an option when asked Monday about the possibility. Read more about his thoughts on that here.

Two different sources told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday that Biron planned to take some time before making a decision on his future.

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto missed practice with the flu on Tuesday. He did not make the trip to D.C. with the Rangers and is not expected to play Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.