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Category: Injuries

Practice notes: Nash/Moore skating, Pyatt concussed

In a series of tweets from Andrew Gross, Rick Nash (concussion) skated before practice, and has been symptom free for a few days now. Nash is still close to week-to-week than day-to-day, but seeing him skating is always a good sign. Gross also noted that Dominic Moore (oblique) was skating with Nash before practice, and that Taylor Pyatt is indeed concussed after taking a headshot from Fedor Tyutin against Columbus.

There is no time table for return for Nash, Pyatt, or Moore.

Taylor Pyatt takes headshot, won’t return

Early in the second period, winger Taylor Pyatt took a high elbow from Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin. Pyatt went straight to the locker room, and later in the period Sam Rosen noted that Pyatt will not return to the game. Tyutin received a two minute elbowing penalty.

Strang: Nash performing “intermittent physical activity”

Per Katie Strang, Rick Nash has been performing “intermittent” physical activity at the Rangers practice facility over the past few weeks. While there is nothing new to report on his status or time table for return, being able to perform some physical activity is a good sign. Concussions are tricky, so expect Nash to be out a while longer.

Is it time to worry about Rick Nash?

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

In almost every post here since Rick Nash went down with a concussion, the talk has been about his status, how long he will be out, and how good the Rangers will be (now that they appear to be clicking) once he returns full time. However, there has been a lot of concern about the severity of his concussion. Mum has been the word from the Rangers, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean bad things, it’s not exactly a positive either.

With concussions, the rule of thumb is no news is bad news. We here at BSB are the eternal optimists, but even we are beginning to get a little concerned about Nash’s concussion, his second in a calendar year. The Rangers have a history of being quiet about concussions, since there is never a set time table for his return. They were quiet for Marc Staal, who took almost a year to come back. They were quiet with Mike Sauer, who never came back.

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Mashinter in, Moore out tonight

Per Pat Leonard, Dominic Moore will not play tonight after missing the last two periods on Tuesday with an upper body injury. Brandon Mashinter will take his place in the lineup.

Update: Per Leonard, Moore is out 7-10 days with a strained oblique.

Predicting lineup changes with Hagelin’s impending return

Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP

Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP

As of today, Carl Hagelin is eligible to be activated off long-term injured reserve and rejoin the Rangers roster on Long Island. Hagelin, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was placed on LTIR at the start of the season. He had to sit out three weeks or ten games, whichever came first, and tonight’s game against the Islanders is the first game that he can be activated and return to the roster.

When Hagelin was placed on LTIR, the Rangers gained an additional roster spot and the salary cap space to fill his spot. With Jesper Fast’s demotion last night, the Rangers have made room on the roster for him to rejoin the team. The club will also need to clear $2.25 million in cap space. But it’s not just about sending someone down or clearing cap space, it’s clearing space among the 12 forwards to insert Hagelin back into the lineup.

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Gross: Lundqvist ready to go (Update: Missiaen to AHL)

Update (3:30pm): Jason Missiaen has been returned to the AHL.

Original Post: Per Andrew Gross, Henrik Lundqvist has indicated that he is ready to go for tomorrow’s home opener against Montreal. Hank had missed the previous two games with a “minor” injury. Cam Talbot was very good in replacing Hank between the pipes, putting up a 1.94 GAA and a .934 SV% in two games.

It is expected that Jason Missiaen will be returned to Hartford shortly. No official word has been disclosed.

Replacing Rick Nash

Makes you wonder

Makes you wonder

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: There is no way to replace Rick Nash in a lineup. He’s the lone game breaker this club has, and his absence has created a gaping hole in the lineup. Concussions are a tricky thing, and the Rangers aren’t exactly known for their transparency when it comes to dealing with them. Lest we forget the lack of information made publicly in regards to Michael Sauer.

Nash has now suffered a pair of concussions in less than a calendar year, and it is unknown if or when he will return. If the Rangers project him to be out long-term, and we should find out relatively soon via LTIR, then expect GM Glen Sather to explore the trade market for a replacement RW. With Nash on LTIR, the Rangers are allowed to spend over the cap by Nash’s cap hit ($7.8 million). That’s a lot of extra money to work with.

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Henrik Lundqvist out tomorrow

Per Steve Zipay, Henrik Lundqvist will not play tomorrow in Philadelphia. Hank missed yesterday’s practice with what was deemed a “minor” issue, but apparently it is enough to keep him out of tomorrow’s game.

Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut tomorrow.

Cally out 3-4 weeks; Powe/Missiaen recalled, Talbot returned to AHL

The injury bug continues to haunt the Rangers, as the club has announced that Ryan Callahan is out 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb. This is certainly terrible news for a team that appeared to be finding its groove under AV. It is assumed Cally will be placed on LTIR. Darroll Powe has been recalled from Hartford to take Cally’s spot on the roster.

Goaltender Jason Missiaen has also been recalled, and Cam Talbot has been returned to the AHL. The goaltender swap is likely to get Talbot some AHL work, as Hartford has games coming up.

As for Powe, it’s interesting that he was recalled, and it does speak to his play and the play of others in Hartford. Powe will likely slide into a fourth line role, which means J.T. Miller should get top-nine minutes.