Archive for Injuries
Three little tidbits from the Rangers came out today:
- Kevin Klein missed his second straight practice with back spasms. He is a question-mark for the opener on Thursday. Alain Vigneault has stated that the Rangers will not make a roster move until he is healthy. This means Dylan McIlrath will remain a Ranger for a little while longer.
- Nathan Gerbe has decided not to play in Hartford. He will be placed on waivers for his release, and will play in Switzerland.
- Rick Nash will join Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Derek Stepan with an ‘A’ on his jersey.
Per Steve Zipay, injured center Oscar Lindberg is practicing in full today, and is not in a non-contact jersey. Lindberg had dual hip surgery in May to repair a pair of torn labrums. He was expected to be out six months from the date of the surgery, setting him up for an early-November return.
Lindberg appears to be ahead of schedule. There have been more than a few questions regarding who centers the fourth line, with Josh Jooris seemingly taking that role with Lindberg out.
The Rangers are currently at 24 skaters. Lindberg was expected to go on IR, but that may not be the case any longer. If so, the Rangers will need to cut at least one more skater to get to 23 by tomorrow’s deadline.
The Rangers have a pretty long shopping list this summer with the defensive (let’s call it) overhaul and all the restricted free agents needing signing (amongst other to do’s). Complicating things for Jeff Gorton and co. will almost certainly be Oscar Lindberg’s injury and the fall-out it will cause.
Lindberg’s season came to a very disappointing end. After a truly surprising start (that include Calder whispers in October) where he was a major reason for the Rangers’ own fast start, Lindberg eventually slipped and stayed out of the line-up. In retrospect it’s now fair to assume that his hip issues influenced the disappointing culmination to his season.
Rangers center Oscar Lindberg successfully underwent dual hip surgery to repair two torn labrums (yikes) today, per the Rangers Twitter. Lindberg’s recovery time is expected to be six months. He won’t be ready for the start of the season in October, but he should be back by November based on that six month recovery period.
The official injury description is “bilateral hip repair” which sounds pretty painful. Lindberg was a healthy scratch numerous times down the stretch, and this may have something to do with it.
Lindberg was pegged by many to be Dominic Moore’s replacement next season as the full-time 4C on the team. He was also pegged by many to replace a still-on-the-roster Tanner Glass. He was also pegged by many to be traded. So basically this injury confirms that we know nothing, Jon Snow.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, defenseman Dan Girardi will not play in Game Four. Girardi has been listed as day-to-day with an “everything” injury. Cyrgalis also quoted Alain Vigneault stating that Girardi may be out for the duration of the series.
Some good news for Rangerland today, as Ryan McDonagh was a full participant in practice today. He did not have a non-contact jersey, and he was gripping his stick with both hands. This bodes well for the Rangers, who could use a healthy McDonagh to strengthen their blue line play.
No word on if he plays in Game Three, but it’s the playoffs.
— Dave Shapiro (@BlueSeatBlogs) April 16, 2016
Derek Stepan has left Game Two and will not return after getting hit from behind by Ben Lovejoy. No call on the play.
Alain Vigneault backed Rangers fans off the ledge, stating that Henrik Lundqvist is good to go for today’s game. There were concerns that Hank, who is really the Rangers only hope at winning this series, would be unable to play in Game Two after Marc Staal’s errant stick caught him in the eye.
I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
A bit of surprising news here, as Dan Girardi has officially been ruled out by Alain Vigneault. Girardi has an “all over” injury, per the coach, which is as playoffs as you can get. If it’s an all over injury, he may be physically, mentally, and spiritually injured.
Henrik Lundqvist, who skated, will be a game time decision.
Per John Shannon, there appears to be no damage to Henrik Lundqvist’s eye after getting hit in the eye by Marc Staal’s errant stick. This is obviously good news, as permanent eye damage was a major concern for all parties, and the recall of Magnus Hellberg threw more fuel to the fire.
Swelling appears to be a major issue, so Lundqvist is probably a game time decision for tomorrow. This is one of those situations where NBC’s odd scheduling to get the Rangers on NBC for two games works in the Rangers’ advantage.