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The Rangers’ 1-0 shoout victory over the Washington Capitals tonight might have come at a significant cost to the Blueshirts.
AV says Kreider is out with an upper body injury and that more information should be available tomorrow at practice. #NYR
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 28, 2017
Kreider left the game with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return after logging just 5:01 of ice time through the first period. Worse yet, Vigneault’s postgame update on the matter just barely qualified as such, classifying the mysterious injury as “upper-body”.
Kreider is currently third on the team in scoring with 25 points and tied for second in goals with 11 in 37 games. Suffice it to say, any long-term injury scenario would be particularly bad news for the Blueshirts whose biggest team strength this season has been its forward scoring depth – a group that is already missing Jesper Fast, out with a quad strain, for the next two to three weeks.
- Meaningful games is what I was aiming at. Sorry Josh...I wasn't clear in what I was trying to get at. It's going to be a tough call too! This team is a bubble type team where it could bounce either way at this point; They're not really a dominant 1st place finisher, and they're not a bottom feeder either.
I think they'll do what they always do: Trade for a miracle at the deadline, toss away assets and go for it.
I just hope they don't subject this kid to trouble down the road, because 4 years from now, this season is going to mean nothing.Josh, the most important point you make is that once the condition is clear, it is the medication and observation that keeps him sidelined. Once the medication stops, not much else should stop him from rejoining the team. Particularly if they are meaningful games at the end of the season and/or playoffs. Just like Stamkos did last year.
He's out for so long due to the medication he is being put on... and once he is removed from that medication (after the condition is cleared up), theres an observation period. They'll do the necessary checks.. this isnt like coming back from a knee injury.
If he's healthy enough to return, put him back in the lineup. With a kid that age, a few weeks of playing at the end of the season will get that motivation and drive back for the summer, as opposed to sitting out, being depressed and discouraged. Any player will tell you - its an awful way to end your seasonBy the time CK is "ready to return", I think the team would have to really give some serious thought to whether or not to take a chance and let him finish out this season. It may be best for the kid to get everything set and make a go of it for next season instead. I think bringing him back this season is risky with that type of ailment....and god knows we only know the basic information.
I'm no doctor either, but I can't see bringing him back to this squad and risk further injury or god forbid, career ending/life ending damage.
I sure as hell wouldn't rush him back, and I'd be fine letting him stay on the sideline the rest of the year in this type instance.Didn't they say he was going to have the surgery like 10 days ago? Why the delay in getting it done?
Also, this is what Stamkos did. He had surgery on April 4 and played May 26. That's about 7 weeks.Rangers' Chris Kreider: Surgery successful, out six weeks minimum
Kreider's (upper body) surgery was a success and he'll be reevaluated in six weeks.
https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/ho...weeks-minimum/@NYRangers: OFFICIAL: #NYR* forward Chris Kreider will undergo surgery to have his rib resected. Following the surgery, he will remain sidelined indefinitely.
Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by TapatalkAll good points. I think i'm noticing the affect most on the PP. First with Z and his right handed shot missing. And now Kreids.
i felt he Kreider took a big step forward by improving his net front this year. I think someone HAS to commit to that on the PP and maybe then i'll feel better. no one on the team can replace his speed for his size. but someone can get in front on the PP and commit to it. And i nominate Miller. He's tough, got a little edge to his game. Good hand eye. I'd plant him out there on the first unit. It doesn't seem like it comes natural to Nash anyway.
If they decide for example to match up against Miller Hayes Grabner, that might make life easier for whatever combinations of Zibs, Buchnevich, Nash, Zucc or Fast-Carey-x
I did notice as this game wore on the Rangers had a hard time penetrating and setting up in the O-zone, but part of that I credit to Buffalo working hard on defensive responsibilities.
it will be a challenge without Kreider -- just hoping some players step up and take advantage of the extra minutes they might get. Like Miller did today in front of the net.
It is what it is, not like we have any control over it; the only plus is it maybe gives more NHL developmental time to Nieves, and a chance for Carey to show what he can do, some of which has been a pleasant surprise. But there is not much substituting for a Kreider -- he's a high-value player.