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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Sproul, acquired this season in exchange for Matt Puempel, has a line of 10-12-22 in 41 games with Hartford and Grand Rapids. The 25 year old defenseman will replace Steven Kampfer, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.

Sproul, a former second round pick from Detroit, is likely a temporary fill in until Kampfer, Marc Staal, or Ryan McDonagh can return. Since Staal is, at least in my opinion, likely out for the year –I have no evidence to support this other than Staal’s concussion history and the nature of his injury– I’d expect Sproul to be here until McDonagh returns.

For those counting, the blue line now has four guys who played significant time in the AHL this year. Also worth noting that, once again, Ryan Graves was passed over. If he were NHL ready, or deserving of a chance to show he might be, he would’ve been recalled by now.

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When the news about Kevin Shattenkirk’s torn meniscus broke, it took a while for the full brunt of the news to digest. The Rangers would now be without a top pairing defenseman in addition to a top line winger (Chris Kreider) for an extended period of time. They weren’t playing well with both of them in the lineup, and, thus far, haven’t looked good with them out of the lineup.

However that’s actually not the worst of it. The management of Shattenkirk’s injury is another in a long list of injuries that the Blueshirts have mismanaged, that have put players’ health at risk. Shattenkirk had his injury from the start of the season, which means the organization knew about it and allowed him to play through the tear with some pain shots. Part of this is on Shatty as well, but this goes beyond this singular case.

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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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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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