Jimmy Vesey (concussion), Marc Staal (cervical strain) out tonight

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Add two more to the injury list for the Rangers. Jimmy Vesey is out with a concussion, suffered at the hands of an elbow to the chin by Filip Forsberg (pitiful three game suspension). Staal was hit high by Alexei Emelin, who left his feet for the hit. No suspension for Emelin, of course. Because the NHL plays suspension roulette. It’s embarrassing.

Vinny Lettieri was recalled to replace Vesey. No defensemen were recalled to replace Staal, so it’s Steven Kampfer in tonight. I’d expect both of these injuries to last a while, too.

19 thoughts on “Jimmy Vesey (concussion), Marc Staal (cervical strain) out tonight

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Can’t expect anything this shorthanded, but it would be nice to see them go out full steam ahead!

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I still blame our pansy a#$ coach for these injuries……and so does Ronnie Duguay……stating the rangers have a soft reputation and the other teams know this and are taking advantage………..Dead Coach walking needs to be fired!!!!!!

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      If Dugie says the problem is that they’re soft, you can pretty much go to Vegas betting on the opposite being true.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I commented on another thread that I understand, in general, AV discouraging his team from engaging in fisticuffs regularly. He doesn’t want his team down a player or two, losing them to fighting majors and suspensions, because he wants to win games. I am not a fan of fighting either, but the Predators game was a different case.

    First of all, let’s face it, the Rangers are going nowhere, so wins don’t matter much at this juncture of their season. With that in mind, there was no real justification for not sending out on the next shift McLeod and a couple of more guys who don’t mind a scrap, like Smith and DeAngelo, and dropping the gloves. Sure, you might lose a couple of them for the night and lose the game. Big deal.

    The Predators were guilty of multiple cheap shots and dangerous hits. Under the circumstances there was no excuse to fail to take a stand against those tactics.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    The Nashville headline for tonight’s game against the Isles should say:

    “Forsberg and Emelin out with suspensions and Johansen and Subban out with upper body injuries.”

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Honestly Tony,

      What would that solve? Seriously. If we’re trying to rid the game of targeted head shots, trying to inflict harm on other human beings who literally had nothing to do with either incident “we’re” upset about is encouraging MORE of the very incidents we’re trying to rid the game of.

      Forsberg had a late hit to the head. Yes the officials on ice should have made a call and didn’t. THEY should be held as responsible as Forsberg is through suspension. The Emelin hit was a hockey play. Marc Staal’s body position and movements placed him in a vulnerable position. Emelin at first contact had his arms down and his forward skate on the ice. It sucks that Staal was hurt. But I seem to recall quite a few hits by Rangers on players in as vulnerable a position if not worse, that also weren’t called and also weren’t suspended.

      The ONLY way to remove hits like Forsberg’s from the game is through increased suspensions, LESS resistance from the NHLPA on punishing repeat offenders on hits to the head, and mainly holding the on ice officiating crew responsible for missing and/or not calling penalties on these hits. “Wild West” Justice is going to make the problem worse, blatant targeting of players who had nothing to do with plays in question makes the victimized team just as guilty.

      This is sports. These are human beings with families. None of them deserve to be sucking through a straw in 20 years, living homeless in the streets, or not be able to remember how to drive home because of “blood lust” desires from the fans, other players, anyone. The hardest thing I’ve had to do in life is guard prisoners who were directly responsible for the murder of thousands of US citizens. I’ve had feces thrown at me from them, urine and other bodily fluids, been taunted etc. I’m even more pissed to this day at them for their actions than anything that occurs on a NHL ice surface. However if I gave in to “revenge thinking” I’d be no better than them.

      • Feb 5, 2018 at 10:30 pm

        Well put John B…but I still want to lay a sweet open ice hit on Bettman. Catch him with his head down.

      • Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm

        I hear you John, and my “preference” is what I have said for many years:

        Headshot incident #1 carries a mandatory 2 game suspension.
        Incident #2 carries a mandatory 5 game suspension.
        Incident #3 carries a mandatory 10 game suspension.
        Incident #4, you’re gone for a full season.

        It’s a no tolerance rule that I want to see implemented.

        That being said, M. Staal and Vesey have families too. If I’m a coach and I just witnesses 2 blatant “attempts to injure” hits like that, that just concussed 2 of my players (I know Staal ended up not concussed, thankfully), then all bets are off at that point. Time to send a message that teams cannot do that to our players without retribution and I do not consider myself a violent or aggressive person.

        Feel free to disagree my friend.

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Stop dreaming, right now AV is the coach.

      • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:40 pm

        I’m not dreaming, I’m having a nightmare where AV is a vampire who sucks every drop of creativity and confidence out of Anderson, Chytil and Buchnevich.

      • Feb 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

        It’s what i would do, not what the coach obviously didn’t do.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    This is a coach who abhors fighting. To the extent it hurts his team. In Vancouver…during the 2011 Cup…Marchand face washes Segin not once multiple times. Kessel tries to defend his guy and AV sits him. AV is a bum. A cowards coach. Come … play for the Rangers… and get your teeth knocked out and your on your own. That’s HIS process.

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 7:39 pm


      I felt this way for a long time about AV, he’s a kitty cat……..

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    There a many members of this blog,especially those who live and die with fancy stats,who bashed AV for having Glass in the line up. I know his “stats” are awful, but do you really believe he served no purpose? Of course if we could have signed a player who plays better and had grit, I would have been all for it. I bet that there would have been Emelin bleeding if Glass were still around. McCloud was hesitant for some reason I can’t fathom.I’m sure AV didn’t hold him back. The issue I had with AV was his dispassionate look and maybe that rubbed off on the team.

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      How did AV treat Carcillo, when the going got tough, he sat the man. That’s all you need to know about that swave gum chewer………

    • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      McLeod was in the lineup last game, and he didn’t do a thing…or maybe AV just didn’t want to get into trouble.

      • Feb 6, 2018 at 7:38 am

        It could be because he was their teammate a week ago. Let’s see what happens next game or so.

  • Feb 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    AV didn’t want to get into trouble by criticize the refs, so you can illegal hit all the Rangers you want, AV won’t show any emotions, coz he doesn’t want to get into trouble as he said after last game.

    • Feb 6, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Don’t you realize how much effort it takes to chew that gum while your players get run all over the ice.

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