Update, 11:53 a.m.:
Renaud Lavoie reports that Zuccarello could be out three weeks.
...tough break (no pun intended) for the Rangers and Zuccarello. Assuming JT Miller, who has been playing very well in Hartford, is likely to be recalled to take Zuccarello's place.
...i'm still a fan of NHLers representing their country in the Olympics, but this injury is making it harder for me to argue that point with Rangers fans.
Update, 11:01 a.m.:
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, the Rangers said this morning that an MRI in Russia confirmed that Zuccarello has suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.
Zuccarello is expected to return to New York tomorrow.
Update, 9:43 a.m.:
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Zuccarello is returning to NY today for re-assessment.
...with the Rangers medical staff's record, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
"We took additional x-rays of his hand today, and they showed that Mats has a small fracture in the left hand," said Dr. Ole Fosse to TV 2.
Dr. Fosse says the break is not complicated and he should be ready to play once the Rangers season resumes on February 27th.
Carl Hagelin also gave an update on Zuccarello's status...
"We have talked down here, are we good friends in New York. He seems to be okay, so I hope he's ready, we're back to Rangers."
...good news, bad news here. Obviously, you never want to hear that a player fractured something, but from the doctor's report it's not a serious break. If he's able to return for the February 27th game...no harm, no foul.
...having said that, this is the same media outlet and doctor, who said it wasn't a fracture two days ago, so I guess we should take this report with a grain of salt.
In much better injury news, Carl Hagelin, who was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. Latvia with an undisclosed injury, scored to two goals to lead Team Sweden to a 5-0 victory over Slovenia. Sweden now advances to the semifinals.
Henrik Lundqvist had 19 saves for his second shutout of the Olympics.
For game highlights, click here.
price paid for exhibition games...hope it is not an excuse to cave in to cally?
trade for value ...possible resign as F A when he wakes up and sees it was Buffalo ONLY and they have new heads so they cant be sure ... we will see!!
The BEST case scenario according to this is misses 3 weeks aka 3-5 games. He has broken his hand in the past which does not help we could be looking at something like a 10-15 game absence. There is no one to blame if Crosby or Ovechkin broke their legs we would all still want NHL players in the Olympics. This just effects our team and we are sour. All that being said nothing we can do until he gets back to New York and we get some insight as to how bad the injury is.
@Kevin DeLury agreed?
it could have been worse like an MCL tear or a sprain. I think the openness of the olympic ice helps to keep the physical injury bearing play to a minimum. This was the result of Zuc blocking a shot, that could have happened in the NHL as well.
You are crazy if you think there should be no NHL players in the olympics. The hockey is so fucking good to watch I can never go back. Plus, every team sent players and Zetterberg has a hernia, so it could be worse.
If you don't want NHLers to participate, you are only a RANGER (or your team) fan, not a HOCKEY fan.
Kev you think they give Kristo a chance if Zucc is only out 3-5 games? He would fill the role on the PP... and it would give him an experience at the NHL level.
The new rule should be: If you are an NHL player and your country has no chance of advancing in the olympics.....you are not permitted to go.
@TheNYRBlog Dorsett or Miller for that dress spot?
Don't be ridiculous, Zucc is gonna miss about 2 weeks after the 27th. If we can't win without Zucc, the Rangers have bigger problems. Let JT Miller get called up cause he's been ripping up the AHL again.
I hate the olympics winter and summer waste of time, money and resources that be used elsewhere. Like your countries infrastructure, homeless, orphans, economy, and lowering Rangers ticket prices.
@TheNYRBlog fingers crossed there will be no games missed
@TheNYRBlog this is why NHL and the winter olympics is a bad idea...i am sure every nhl fan agrees!
@TheNYRBlog so you're saying it's "an upper body injury"
Maybe if he was wearing the John Tortorella issued gloves with the steel plate on the front, he wouldn't have broken his hand?
Hate the break in the season caused by the Olympics! Hate even more when NHLers get hurt playing for medals. Let the amateurs compete in the games - keep the pros healthy!
@TheNYRBlog crap. First game back is against Chicago too, really need all hands on deck (no pun). Eeesh.
He has broken the left wrist before. He once broke his wrist when playing for Hartford when his hand got caught in a photographer hole in the glass. He is a Mini Cooper not a Ford Pickup. Fender benders are more costly. Lol
Argh! Not that there was a lot of doubt of the outcome but I guess I don't need to watch my recording of the Sweden game. :( Will have to stop checking the blog on game days I guess.
@RoseJacobson kiss it and make it feel better lol. ;)
@TheNYRBlog does it say how long if he is going to be out
@TheNYRBlog didn't Frodo receive a mithril shirt from the elves for protection. Maybe they can craft a mithril glove for Zuc.
Olympics are meant for amateurs NOT professionals!!!! Have a World Cup canada cup what have you, but let the amatuers have the Olympics!!!!
@cb1 Would love for him to be a Ranger.... and at only a fraction of the price of Cally's demands. 4.5M. I'd pay him 6-7mil before I would Cally.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne I don't. I think Rangers are committed to leaving him down there to develop for the entire season.
really? What would Kopitar and Slovenians say?
@terryjt1 Forgot about Dorsett. I think Miller is more likely as he brings more offensive potential.
@NYrangers79 I guess it depends on the severity of the fracture. It'll be nine days between the injury and the Rangers first game after the Olympics. Maybe he misses another week.
I'd much rather a fracture than a pulled muscle which always linger.
@greggray24 LOL! My bad.
@rsschuster I would!
@DESTINY65 Norway doctor says he should be ready for the Rangers first game back from the Olympics.
@Kevin DeLury @KreiderisTheChosenOneHere is a link I found on reddit to a more in-depth review of MZA's type of injury:
@TheNYRBlog That's what I thought, I like what Dorset brings but Miller probably fits better on that line
@RoseJacobson it would be a new fairy-tale. The Princess and the hurt hockey player lol. ;)
@RoseJacobson it would ne a new fairy-tale. The Princess and the hurt hockey player lol. ;)
@TheNYRBlog I hope so