Rangers Roundup: Jack Johnson out for the season, Igor Shesterkin availability, and more
Kris Knoblauch will address the media today at 5:30 and we should learn more about Igor Shesterkin’s availability. The Rangers did skate in Washington earlier today but no news came out of that skate. Yesterday, Knoblauch said he could possibly play this weekend, so we will have to wait and see.
If Igor Shesterkin is a go, it would be irregular since he hasn’t taken part in a full practice. He remains on IR per CapFriendly.
Tom Wilson back tonight
Things won’t get easier for the Rangers with Tom Wilson back in the lineup for the Capitals. He’s returning from a 7 game suspension after hitting Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo with a high and hard hit to the head. Wilson claims he wants to be careful, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
“At the end of the day, it can’t happen,” Wilson said Friday of his suspension. “I can’t be missing seven games. I can’t be missing one game. I’ve got to be in the lineup. … I just have to worry about helping the team win playing good hockey.”NHL.com
NYR News: Jack Johnson out for the season
The Rangers signed the 24 year-old veteran defenseman this past offseason to a one year deal worth $1.15 million. It was an insurance and depth move that really didn’t work out for either side. In 13 games this season, Johnson played admirably and through some pain. He notched 1 goal and 8 penalty minutes in limited action.
New York will place him on LTIR and gain some lift from his cap hit.