4:13PM: Glen Sather made the call to pull Kreider from the lineup when it was revealed that Kreider could do long-term damage to his hand if the injury wasn’t fixed quickly. (NY Post)
3:28PM: Alain Vigneault said that he didn’t have any more information on Kreider other than he was operated on today and that the doctors decided that this was the best course of action. (Rangers)
1:24PM: Chris Kreider is out indefinitely after surgery on his hand today. (Rangers)
Original reports on Kreider’s injury were that he could miss a month or more with a possible broken bone.
- The team has not confirmed that Kreider has a broken bone, only that he will undergo surgery to repair a “hand injury” that was sustained one week ago against Columbus.
- 1:33PM: Larry Brooks says that it is an injury to Kreider’s left hand.
Bob McKenzie said on NHL Live the other day “It appears that he has a hand injury and we believe it to be a broken hand that the initial diagnosis that he got was that it could be a month or two or three depending on how exactly they go about treating it. Whether surgery is required it could be in fact season ending with a fracture in his hand. That said, Alain Vigneault said today that Kreider was looking for a second opinion and the sense seems to be that he wants to make sure that every opportunity is exhausted to find maybe some way that he can contribute some how done the stretch.”
NEW YORK, March 28, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Chris Kreider will undergo surgery to repair a hand injury sustained on March 21 at Columbus. The procedure will be performed later today by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He will be sidelined indefinitely.
Kreider has registered 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points, along with 72 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 66 games this season. He leads the team in plus/minus rating, is tied for first in power play goals (six), second in goals, ranks second in hits, and sixth in points. Kreider is also tied for fourth among NHL rookies in points and ranks fifth in goals. The Rangers have posted a record of 11-2-1 in games when he has tallied a goal, and are 19-7-2 when he has registered a point.
The Boxford, Massachusetts native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.