If you know the story of Pyrrhus of Epirus, you will understand the story of the Greek military leader who fought on the Italian peninsula against the young empire that was Rome. His victories came at such extreme cost to his position and the stability of his arm that he proclaimed, “One more victory, and we are undone.” This is the birth of the term Pyrrhic victory.
In the modern world, the New York Rangers saw this in full effect. A hard-fought win over the Carolina Hurricanes has left the organization battered and bruised, and we now know some of the details regarding the players involved in the battles of that game. We know that crucial parts of a New York Rangers roster that has won six straight will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
Starting with Adam Fox, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reported that it will be 2-4 weeks for the former Norris Trophy winner. He’s been placed on the long-term injured reserve, meaning he will have to miss at least ten games or a calendar month before he can be activated. Recovering from the original injury and then getting back into a state of NHL-ready fitness may take longer for the star defenseman.
Filip Chytil left last night’s game hurt, too, after a much less controversial hit from former Blueshirt Jesper Fast. Staple suggests that Chytil’s upper-body ailment is a head injury. For a player who has already suffered at least four concussions in his young NHL career, this is the worst-case scenario. He’s been placed on the injured reserve, and he will miss at least a week of action.
When Louis Domingue was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack today, many fans were concerned about Igor Shesterkin, who was banged up after an awkward collision with Braden Schneider and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Banged up is about it for the Rangers starting netminder, with him still finishing the game for the Rangers. Domingue’s recall was more made because they had the space to do it with other injuries, and the insurance if he can’t go doesn’t hurt.
Then, there’s some good news about a player unavailable tomorrow night. Barclay Goodrow will not be with the team, but it is not because of injury. He and his wife are expecting and will welcome a son. He is going to be with her for the duration, and it means that the Rangers will have to play against Minnesota without another member of the leadership group.