Breaking: Chris Kreider To Have OperationGetty Images
Moments ago, the Rangers announced that forward Chris Kreider will be having surgery to have his ribs resected.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 5, 2018
A quick search on Wikipedia shows that this procedure is done to alleviate the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, or TOS, which could be the cause of Kreider’s blood clots. The surgery would remove a section of Kreider’s first rib, which is just under the collarbone. Here is a video from Johns Hopkins Medicine of what the surgery will entail.
Kreider had already been sidelined with blood clots in his shoulder and arm, and was already going to be out indefinitely. But now that he is having this operation, the timetable for recovery will, in all likelihood, extend his time away from the rink. Does this end his season prematurely? Possibly. But for the Rangers, having Kreider at 100% is going to be crucial for the team’s future success.