The Rangers are not without their concerns off the ice once the NHL season relaunches. In the midst of this pandemic, people with pre-existing conditions are at the most risk. That includes Kaapo Kakko, who has diabetes and celiac disease.
JD on the plan for Kakko, who has diabetes and celiac disease:
“If he, hypothetically, cannot play, he can’t play. We’re going to take care of him, he’s a big part of us. But we listen to the science, we listen to the medical people, they’re going to tell us what to do." #NYR
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) May 28, 2020
This is 100% the right move, as health matters more than hockey. Kakko qualifies as an at-risk person in this pandemic due to both conditions. What the Rangers’ plans are have yet to be seen, but my guess is that unless there can be guaranteed safety, Kakko will either be monitored or simply won’t play. I would not be surprised if the Rangers hold him back temporarily to ensure his health and safety. I also would not be surprised if he insists on playing.
The situation today is fluid and much will change between now and July when the season is supposed to relaunch. The Rangers will likely take it day by day with Kakko. Hopefully in two months, we have some better news about this pandemic and treatment for the coronavirus.