New York Rangers add Gauthier to COVID list, 7th case for team since Holiday Break

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Jan 2, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Julien Gauthier (15) skates with the puck during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers announced on Friday that forward Julien Gauthier has entered COVID-19 protocol. This is now back-to-back days of positive tests and the seventh player to enter protocol since returning from the holiday break.

Gauthier, 24, has five points (2G, 3A) in 26 games this season. The Rangers will need to look deeply at their forward options as Dryden Hunt missed practice today with an upper-body injury that occurred in yesterday’s 5-1 loss to Vegas. He’s been listed as day-to-day.

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The Rangers have been fortunate when it comes to COVID-19 positive cases this season. For the most part, the organization has done a good job keeping things to a minimum and has avoided mass outbreaks that lead to a shutdown.

Here’s a breakdown of the Rangers COVID situation since December 26:

  • Ryan Lindgren (Added 12/26, Removed 1/3)
  • Alexandar Georgiev (Added 12/26, Removed 1/1)
  • Jarred Tinordi (Added 12/27, Removed 1/5)
  • Kevin Rooney (Added 12/29, Removed 1/3)
  • Artemi Panarin (Added 1/2 – TBD)
  • Igor Shesterkin (Added 1/6 – TBD)
  • Julien Gauthier (Added 1/7 – TBD)

Assistant coach Mike Kelly entered COVID protocol on January 2.

Regarding Panarin, he is eligible to come off the COVID list today is he tests negative. He can then fly out and join the team tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks.

Shesterkin and Gauthier could be cleared in time for the January 13 match against the San Jose Sharks.

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