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Ranger’s Deadline Marred by Injuries

First it was Kevin Klein, who has missed a handful of games with back spasms. He skated at the end of the Ranger’s game day skate prior to their 4-1 loss to Washington on Tuesday. Then it was Dan Girardi, still unable, it seems, to recover from a blocked shot that tore open his ankle weeks ago. Girardi missed time after that, came back, but aggravated the injury again prior to the Washington game. He’s on a 10-14 day time table at this point. Just prior to the game, Mika Zibanejad who had been at the game day skate, was scratched do to an “upper-body injury” that most likely came from the previous game against Columbus where late in the game he was struck on the hand with a puck. He is considered day-to-day.

The Rangers recalled Steven Kampfer for last night’s game, but have since sent him back to Hartford. That is likely thanks to acquiring Brendan Smith from Detroit for a couple of draft picks. Smith should be in the lineup tomorrow night against the Bruins.

As we await news of any further roster moves prior to today’s trade deadline, word came down that Rangers’ forward Jesper Fast, who was in obvious distress after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin that would knock him out of last night’s game, would be out for a while.

That news may make it more likely that Rangers GM Jeff Gorton looks to trade for forward depth. Talk among NHL pundits have him looking for a forward with both size and speed. That’s not an easy combination to come by, though. We’ll have to wait and see if anything materializes.

Dave Rogers
Editor-in-Chief of Cleared for Contact, photographer and a lifelong New York Rangers hockey fan. Contact me on twitter @davemrogers
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