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This morning sure was exciting, wasn’t it? There was a flurry of activity for the Rangers as they prepare for their west coast trip. The first, and the most troubling, is the news that Kevin Shattenkirk will have knee surgery for a torn meniscus, and will be out indefinitely. Justin noted the timetable for this is somewhere between 4-12 weeks.

In response, the Rangers recalled Tony DeAngelo from Hartford. They also recalled center Daniel Catenacci from Hartford. The last roster move was assigning Lias Andersson to Hartford, instead of returning him to Frolunda in the SHL. Lots of stuff, so let’s dive right into it.

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The Rangers have provided an update on Chris Kreider, and it is not anything good at the moment. The forward will have rib resection surgery as part of his ongoing blood clot issues. He will continue to be out indefinitely. The surgery is basically the removal of a rib. Per Google, the recovery time is usually several weeks, which doesn’t include any blood clot treatment recovery.

Long story short, the Rangers are going to be without Kreider for an extended period of time. I shared this on Twitter, but the cap implications aren’t what you’d think, unless he’s out until the playoffs:

Kreider’s absence leaves a hole in the lineup that –while not as big as the one left by Mika Zibanejad– is very tough to fill.

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The Rangers will  be without Jesper Fast for the next 2-3 weeks, as he is dealing with a strained quad, announced today. Fast will likely be replaced in the lineup by Boo Nieves, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games since Mika Zibanejad’s return.

Luckily for the Rangers, they don’t have many games in that 2-3 week span, with just 5-7 games, depending on length of recovery. Unluckily for Fast, he misses the Winter Classic.

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Mika Zibanejad will return to the lineup tomorrow night against Anaheim. Zibanejad has been out since November 30 with a concussion, and the Rangers have struggled to find consistency in the wake of his absence. Zibanejad will be back on the top line with Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider.

David Desharnais is moving down to the fourth line. Boo Nieves will be the scratch. Because we can’t have two good things in one day, apparently.

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There is no way around it; Mika Zibanejad going down with a concussion is about the worst case scenario for the Rangers short of losing Henrik Lundqvist (especially on a senseless, late hit like that).  With already severely compromised center depth, both the short and potential long-term blow to the lineup is massive.  When the season started there were serious concerns about the lack of qualified replacements for Derek Stepan and Oscar Lindberg.  The Blueshirts were left with a ragtag group in the bottom six, and now their depth will be tested even further. Read More→


Mika Zibanejad out with concussion

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Well this is no bueno. The Rangers have announced that center and scoring machine Mika Zibanejad is out indefinitely with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return.

The Rangers don’t have any replacements for Zibanejad at all. Their center depth is now Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, David Desharnais, and possibly the newly acquired Peter Holland? It’s ugly.

Perhaps this means the Rangers recall Filip Chytil, who is tearing up the AHL. But either way, this hurts big time.


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Nieves will not play tomorrow

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One minor practice note, as Boo Nieves will not play tomorrow after suffering an injury in last night’s come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nieves left midway through the win and did not return.

David Desharnais will return to the lineup, centering the fourth line with Paul Carey and Jimmy Vesey.

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A bit of surprising news here, as Ryan McDonagh will not be accompanying the team to Carolina for their game tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. He has an ab strain that he’s been dealing with for a good portion of the year. Nick Holden is skating with Brendan Smith on the top pair. Steven Kampfer will be with Marc Staal. Kevin Hayes replaced McDonagh on the powerplay.

The only other lineup change is that David Desharnais will be back in for Paul Carey. That was relatively expected.

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filip chytil

In some not-so-good news, it looks like Filip Chytil’s chances of making the Rangers out of camp took a severe and potentially crippling blow. Per Alex Nunn, citing a Czech report, Chytil suffered the injury during the U20 Four Nations Tournament.

Chytil had an outside shot of making the roster this year, but it appears that he will remain in the Czech leagues this year instead. Hopefully the injury isn’t that serious, and he did play the next two games, so perhaps just some rest is needed. Either way, it’s something worth monitoring.

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jesper fast

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Jesper Fast had successful hip surgery today, the Rangers announced. The recovery time for Fast is five months, which puts him on target to return in November. Fast is a versatile piece to the Rangers, so we will see how they navigate the injury when the season starts.

As for the expansion draft, I don’t think this changes the club’s approach. Fast wasn’t going to be protected, so any decisions regarding who to expose likely remain the same. As for Vegas selecting him, I don’t think one month of rehab is going to deter them from taking a young, versatile forward.

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