February 17, 2021

Rangers Roundup: No moves to replace injured Trouba yet, Lundqvist shares positive news, and more

Feb 14, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) skates for the puck against Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

David Quinn and the New York Rangers announced that they will be without defenseman Jacob Trouba for the next 4-6 weeks. The Rangers top shut down defender broke his thumb blocking a shot during the second period in the 5-2 loss to New Jersey.

No replacement for Jacob Trouba…yet

The Rangers practiced today with a defense pairing of K’Andre Miller and Brendan Smith. Also noteworthy, Jack Johnson is still not ready to play and Brandon Crawley is currently assigned to the taxi squad.

From what I’ve been told the Rangers are going to remain status quo for now. While there was some speculation that the Blueshirts could put in a claim for the Devils Connor Carrick, his $1.5 million cap hit may be a little prohibitive at the moment.

The Wolf Pack’s Tarmo Reunanen has started off his pro career in the AHL extremely well. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in three games thus far. It should be noted he is a left-handed defenseman, but the Rangers did try him on the right side in camp. If there’s a call up he could be the likely candidate.

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Trouba lout 4-6 weeks (Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist shares good news

Former Blueshirts goalie and legend Henrik Lundqvist went for a run today in NYC. That’s a big deal for The King after open heart surgery not too long ago.

“Today is a good day,” Lundqvist wrote. “The checkup with the doctor this morning reaffirmed what I’ve been feeling last few weeks, everything looking great. It energized me so much I had to go out for a run (FYI, I’m not a runner). Today is a good day!”

It certainly is Henrik. Keep getting better.

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