Yegor Rykov is one of the few notable names not with the Rangers for the playoffs.
Rykov not among NYR training camp group. Had a difficult, injury-marked first season with Hartford. Unclear what future holds. Appears as if Blueshirts will have only 8 D for camp, with Hajek and righty Darren Raddysh the two adds to Fox, Lindgren, Trouba, Smith, Staal, DeAngelo.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 10, 2020
Rykov had a bit of a rough injury filled season last year. He spent the first half of the on Season Opening IR before being returned to Hartford in December. He was then a healthy scratch in Hartford in March before the season abruptly ended.
This does put a little bit of an end to the defense speculation. Yegor Rykov and Tarmo Reunanen are not with the Rangers for the playoffs. The competition will be between Brendan Smith, Libor Hajek, and Darren Raddysh for the final spot on the roster. The other two will presumably be healthy scratches.
This also means Marc Staal will more than likely be in the lineup for the play-in round. This should have been expected, but for those who were hoping, you can stop now.