Archive for Injuries
The Rangers will be without Dan Girardi for tonight’s game against Edmonton, which means the Rangers will need to call up a defenseman to fill out the roster. With Jarret Stoll on the waiver wire (update on that at noon), the Rangers have enough cap space to call up any defenseman for the short and long term. Considering it’s Girardi, and he’s a bit of an iron man made from robot parts, he likely will just miss this game. But there are a few options in Hartford that make sense.
He’s hurt. He’s not the call up. But Alain Vigneault hinted he would be had he been healthy.
Per the Rangers Twitter, Dan Girardi is day-to-day with knee swelling. He will not play tomorrow. Kevin Klein is still out, so the Rangers will need to call someone up for tomorrow’s game. Since Raphael Diaz is hurt, here’s hoping it’s Brady Skjei.
The Rangers have recalled forward Jayson Megna from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to replace Derek Stepan on the roster. Megna will likely be the team’s 13th forward, rotating in with Emerson Etem and/or Viktor Stalberg.
To make room for Megna, Derek Stepan was placed on LTIR, meaning he will be out at least three weeks. The timeline for Stepan’s injury is a 4-6 week duration.
Derek Stepan will be out 2-4 weeks with broken ribs. He was hit late by Matt Beleskey into the boards on a questionable hit (no supplementary discipline). Dylan McIlrath stood up for Stepan, challenging Beleskey to a fight. McIlrath got an instigator penalty –I hate that stupid rule– and the Bruins scored on the ensuing powerplay.
Viktor Stalberg was skating with the team during this morning’s practice, and was medically cleared to play. There was some changes to the lines in practice, and it appears Alain Vigneault will be holding Stalberg out for at least the weekend:
The defense pairs remained the same.
Viktor Stalberg will not play tonight against Calgary. Stalberg took a borderline hit from Radko Gudas in the second period of last night’s game against the Flyers and did not return. Stalberg was absolutely in a vulnerable position. Gudas’ elbow was in, but the replays make it difficult to determine the principal point of contact. Doesn’t matter now, as Stalberg will sit tonight, either as a precaution or because he is still suffering the effects of the hit.
Emerson Etem will probably slide into Stalberg’s spot on the fourth line.
Per the official Rangers Twitter, defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi and forward Mats Zuccarello will be held out of training camp activities for the first week. All three had offseason procedures (Staal – ankle, Girardi – bursa, Zucc – brain/skull), so it’s not surprising they will be held out. I’d expect they rejoin after the first round of cuts, which is usually comprised of the kids getting sent back to juniors.
Alain Vigneault has said all three will be ready for the start of the season.
Some quick notes that broke over the weekend:
- Marc Staal had surgery to remove a bone chip in his ankle last week, he is expected back for opening night.
- Dan Girardi also had surgery for a bursa excision. He is also expected back for opening night.
- The Arizona Coyotes had their sights set on goalie coach Benoit Allaire, but Allaire turned them down, preferring to stay with New York as part of a long-term approach. Allaire has worked with Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot to great success, and will be working with Mackenzie Skapski as well.
- Jeff Gorton appears to be the heir apparent to Glen Sather, if he steps down. The Rangers denied the Maple Leafs and Bruins interviews with the Assistant GM.
Hartford Wolf Pack starting goaltender Mackenzie Skapski had successful arthroscopic hip surgery today, which repaired a torn labrum in his right hip. Skapski will be out 4-5 months, which puts his return in the October-November timeframe.
This further solidifies that Skapski will be in Hartford next season, despite allowing just one goal in two games –both against the Sabres– during his stint as the Rangers backup goalie.
- Ryan McDonagh had a fractured foot, suffered in Game 4.
- Dan Girardi sprained his right MCL in Game 4.
- Mats Zuccarello had a brain contusion (yeesh), full recovery expected. He was unable to talk for 3 days and needed speech therapy.
- Marc Staal had a hairline fracture in his ankle, suffered in the regular season.
While injuries are not an excuse, these injuries certainly played a role in the Rangers’ defensive performance in the latter half of the series.