Injury updates: Nash still not skating; Fast breaks nose

Some quick injury updates as we await the game tonight in Dallas (or deadline moves):

  • Rick Nash had another MRI, and is about 7-10 days from skating again. Alain Vigneault said that bone injuries take anywhere from 4-8 weeks, so Nash could still be out a while after being downgraded to week-to-week. Nash has been out since the beginning of the month, and 4-8 weeks slots his return in the middle-end of March.
  • Jesper Fast took a puck to the face in practice, breaking his nose and a few teeth. He is expected to play tomorrow, but Dylan McIlrath will play forward if Fast can’t go.

All is quiet in Rangerland right now. The Rangers never let their trades leak early, and while I don’t expect anything to come until Sunday at the earliest, never say never. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that they will make a move though.

Update: Fast will play tonight. McIlrath is the healthy scratch.

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  • Does anyone know if the Rangers are in on undrafted WHL FWD Dryden Hunt? Kid has a nice shot, Could be yet another way to build up the prospect pool and make up for the lack of top draft picks over the years. I know he’s having a breakout year in his overage year so he’s “expected” to do well, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a chance.

  • I would like to see them explore trading Yandle if the return is big enough. I like this team and that is exactly why I would like to see them stock up on the fly and come back next year with Buch and a package for Yandle. Do we really think we have a great chance of winning a cup this year? If the return includes a serviceable top 4 D and a high end prospect/young player I’d do it and hope McD amps up his offensive game and Brady Skjei can play 3rd pair LD maybe the drop off is not so much anyway. After all, it’s team D that wins with this team and Yandle’s really not that type.

    • Right on target Gary. The Rangers should move Yandle. They took a chance with him and although I love his offensive side, the Rangers will NOT win the east. He will be extremely expensive next season, and because of the ridculous contracts Sather has given out, the Rangers just can not afford him. So lets recoup some of the assets we gave away when we traded for him.

    • I thought Weise was a good fit before they moved him the first time. Another example of giving up on players too early in their career. If Gorton could move Yandle and acquire Valeri Nichushkin in return, I be all over that.

  • Read Marc Staal thinks it would be “cool” to have his brother Eric in NY. Sure, then we can have two overpaid Staal’s

    • What is he suppose to say? I don’t want to play with that guy because he gave me a concussion even though my Mom said I have to forgive him.

  • Wonder if this whole Nash injury thing is the team keeping out so they can either do that playoff cap-cheat thing Chicago did last year, or if they’re going to move him and are keeping him from getting hurt before a deal can be made.

    • Improbable 43.

      AV was quoted the other day that Nash is making progress and the Rangers would not be putting him on LTIR. And trading him at the deadline wouldn’t make much sense either, since no one knows when Nash will be ready. Even if you found a trading partner, the Rangers would get little back in return. Makes more sense now to hang on to him and see if he can get healthy and catch fire come playoff time.

      This summer? I could definitely see a scenario where he could be dealt. But not now.

  • Certainly wouldn’t cost much more than an ELC. The Rangers want to trade away all their top draft picks for proven NHL players, they have to be involved in these kinds of undrafted free agents.

  • Please get a righty defenseman that’s good enough to play with McDonagh. The Rangers need at least a top 4 righty so Klein can move up and Boyle can take some nights off before the playoffs. We need help on the back end.

  • Also heard that Kovalchuk got into the Dog house with SKA St. Petersburg. Buchnevich is getting a little more playing time now. I saw him listed on the top line for them. They change all 5 at a time there all the time huh! Didn’t know that. Their lines has 3 forwards and 2 D on them but in any event Buch is in the KHL playoffs now. Let’s hope he plays well, they get knocked out in conference finals and the kid (Buchnevich) signs an ELC to come play pro hockey in the northeast. That would be all the help the Rangers would need up front. Perfect deadline acquisition.

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