Sometimes a young player needs a wake-up call, and few things set off an alarm quite like a healthy scratch.
Perhaps that’s the message the New York Rangers (and particularly head coach Alain Vigneault) are trying to send to Kevin Hayes, as he’s headed toward being a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
It sounds like this has been brewing for a while, too.
Vigneault believes that things have come to a “tipping point” with Hayes, that he hasn’t worked hard enough so far in 2015-16, according to the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.
There’s almost a sense of exasperation.
After a solid start to his season (15 points in 25 games), Hayes really has gone cold with just two points in 12 December contests.
Sometimes a little break doesn’t hurt matters, either.