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Another one bites the dust. Already reeling at 4-6-0 in their last ten games coming into tonight’s losing “effort” against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Rangers’ suffering appears to have no end in sight. In fact, it’s only gotten worse, with Pavel Buchnevich—the team’s second-leading scorer (tied)—now ostensibly on the shelf.
Shortly after taking a hit from Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner in the second period, the 22-year-old would leave the game with the Rangers later announcing he would not return:
OFFICIAL: Pavel Buchnevich will not return due to an upper-body injury.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 2, 2018
The Blueshirts are already missing two critical components to their roster in Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk—both of whom are out with long-term injuries—and were operating without shutdown center Kevin Hayes for a number of contests before he returned to the line-up in late January.
Though perhaps they’re not quite a skeleton crew (yet), the timing couldn’t be worse. If Buchnevich is expected to miss any significant amount of time, whatever decision the front office may be mulling about whether or not to sell assets at the trading deadline later this month may end up being made for them.