As per Larry Brooks, Derek Boogaard is experiencing some headaches, and has been shut down by the team. It is possible that he suffered a concussion following his fight against Matt Carkner during the Ottawa game two weeks ago. Concussions are a tricky thing, and you don’t want to risk much activity and making it worse. So the Rangers have officially shut down Boogaard for the time being.
Boogaard being shut down means two things for the Rangers: a) Todd White will be dressing more often than not; and b) Dale Weise may be seeing a lot more action as a Ranger. Weise is going to be used by the Rangers as a third or fourth line guy, especially against tougher teams like the Flyers. However, Weise also has some scoring ability, as he plays top-six minutes in Connecticut. If the Rangers are serious about giving Weise an extended look, he will play until Boogaard is cleared. Otherwise, White will be getting most of the minutes. A lot of questions will be answered prior to Thursday’s game with Tampa.