Report: Rangers Ryan Lindgren and Alexandar Georgiev join Nemeth on COVID list

RYAN LINDGREN
Nov 21, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) celebrates his go-ahead goal with one second left against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

As teams make their way back today from the holiday break, many names are being added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list.

The New York Rangers are no different as they’ve announced Ryan Lindgren and Alexandar Georgiev will join Patrick Nemeth on the team’s COVID list.

Rangers have three on COVID list

Defenseman Patrick Nemeth was placed in COVID protocol on December 18th.

Nemeth, 29, has two assists in 30 games this season with a -7 rating while averaging 17:06 per game. Nils Lundkvist, who has missed the team’s last 4 games with a non-covid related illness is healthy and ready to go.

The Rangers will now have to deal with three players out on COVID protocol after adding Lindgren and Georgiev.

Lindgren, 23, has four points in 30 games this season with a +9 rating while averaging 20:21 per game. His loss will be felt in the lineup as he plays top four minutes with Adam Fox.

Georgiev, 25, buoyed the Rangers in Igor Shesterkin’s absence due to a lower-body injury. He posted a 3-2-1 record with a .931 SV% and 2.00 GAA in his six appearances before Shesty’s return.

RANGERS COVID LIST
Dec 10, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a blocker save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers should leverage taxi squad

Now that taxi squads are back, it would be wise for the New York Rangers to use them. Here’s the rules:

  • Optional and max six players
  • No player can be on it for more than 20 days
  • No player on an NHL roster as of 12/22 can be on it
  • Waiver exempt players not eligible
  • Anyone who was on the roster for 75% of the season or 16 of last 20 games

UPDATE: Additional Clarity on Rules

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