Just a day after the New York Rangers lost forward Mika Zibanejad to a broken fibula, the team got some more bad news on the injury front.
21-year-old rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich will be sitting out for at least the next two weeks, possibly more.
Buchnevich, who started the season hot, collecting 8 points in his first 10 National Hockey League (NHL) games, including four goals, has been dealing with an ailing back since the offseason.
For a team that has been bitten by the injury bug early in the season, this is just another problem the Rangers are going to have to deal with. Buchnevich, who had an MRI on Monday that showed no structural damage, will need to go through a two to three-week core strengthening program.
While the injury may not be that serious, don’t expect to see Buchnevich back on the ice until at the earliest December 6 in Brooklyn for a rematch of opening night.
As a result of this injury, the Rangers have claimed Matthew Puempel off of waivers from Ottawa, who will try and replace Buchnevich for the time being.
MRI: No structural damage for rookie Pavel Buchnevich, needs 2-3 week rehab https://t.co/Jp7yoTG3Xt
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) November 21, 2016