Mika Zibanejad out 6-8 weeks with broken fibula

November 20, 2016, by
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The injury bug keeps biting the Rangers this year. Center Mika Zibanejad is out 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula after taking a nasty crash into the boards against Florida.

Zibanejad joins Pavel Buchnevich and Josh Jooris as the current injured Rangers. Chris Kreider, Kevin Klein, and Dan Girardi have also missed time with various injuries.

Unless Buch or Jooris are ready to go, the Rangers will need to recall a forward from Hartford.

Categories : Injuries


  1. Rhodork says:

    Um, Jooris played tonight.

  2. Ranger11 says:

    As soon as I seen it I knew it was gonna be bad news. I just hope we don’t keep having injuries and I’m really wondering what the deal is with Buchnivech. An ankle or leg is one thing but the back is a whole different deal. We’re certainly putting these depth moves of Gorton to the test I guess.

  3. Peter says:

    Awful for the kid and the team. I thought he was starting to looking comfortable the last couple of games. Hope for the best for a speedy recovery. That goes for Buch too.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Tough break for Zibanejab. The kid shook off a vicious crosscheck to the back earlier in the game, then went heavily skate first into the boards during OT. Unless Jooris was injured tonight, he will help the Rangers going forward. I thought he had a good first outing. The Rangers are left with a big hole at center. I wonder if the coach will move JT into the pivot position?

  5. rich s says:

    Now we have 2 BIG holes in the center position, zibinajabs and the one currently occupied by the invisible man stepan [ despite an assist tonight]….5 out of 20 faceoff wins……

    Poor Kreider, was on fire playing with Zibinejab earlier in the season, now forced to play with Stepan…….

    I may be mistaken but didnt nash have his big year 2 years ago playing a lot with Brassard and zucc and last year mainly with stepan???

    Why does stepan constantly lead this team in minutes played yet have only 2 goals with one coming off his skate???

    Put JT Miller at center and bring up Hrivik until Bucc can play….I have seen enough of Stepan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Blue76 says:

    Might be time to bring up Hartfords third leading scorer?

    • Chris A says:

      All joking aside, if the Rangers just need to call someone up to be the 13th FW until Buch is ready to play, Glass is actually the right guy to call up.

      Miller gets shifted to center, Lindberg, Pirri, Jooris, make up the 4th line, and Glass is the guy ready to play if someone gets hurt in warmups.

      The reasons Glass is best guy for that role: his call up would eat the least cap space, his development won’t be interrupted by being the extra forward in NY, there is no real risk in exposing him to waivers when Buch is ready to return to the lineup.

      • Ray says:

        Not to take a position, but bringing up Glass would eat the most (not least) cap space. No one else makes 950K.

        • Chris A says:

          Ah you’re right. I had the salary relief figures backward. I thought Glass was already costing the Rangers $950k not $500k. Yes, at $950k Glass would be the most expensive call up.

  7. Reenavipul says:

    Broken fibula is the least worst thing that could’ve happened. Once they set it he’ll be in a walking boot in less than 2 weeks as it’s not really a load bearing bone. The problem is muscle atrophy.

  8. Richter1994 says:

    Actually after all is said and done, this is a lucky “break.”

    From my vantage point from where I was sitting and the way Zib reacted, I thought he was done for the season.

  9. amy says:

    with what they are doing in Medicine now it should be 6-8 weeks but if Mika is a quick healer it will be less get well quick

  10. Peter says:

    Good comments all. The break is definitely better than a knee injury, which I thought it might be when he was laying on the ice. He will heal well I am sure because he is young. Will need some time to build back the muscle strength.

  11. Ray says:

    No one mentions Justin Fontaine, whom I suspect was signed for this sort of situation.