Ryan Lindgren avoids season ending injury but is still week-to-week for the Rangers

Mar 11, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) and New Jersey
Mar 11, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren (55) and New Jersey / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Lindgren suffered a terrifying injury during the win over the New York Islanders on St Patricks day. His leg got tangled up with Jean-Gabriel Pageau as the two collided with the boards behind the net, and Lindgren got the worst of it when he landed awkwardly on his leg. He had to be assisted off the ice by his teammates and didn't put any weight on the injured area when he was exiting the playing surface.

A lot of people feared the worst, but the good news is that isn't the case. Lindgren is not only expected to make a full recovery from a potentially career-ending situation, but he is also just week-to-week right now. With no timetable set for his return and the playoffs starting in a month, the question is, what will the situation be for game one of round one? Will Lindgren be a factor or will the Rangers have to find a way without him.

Well, now the Blueshirts have a month to find a contingency plan. You never want to see a player get hurt like this, but it would have been a lot better for this to happen before the trade deadline so the organization could address it through the trade market. Now, someone is going to have to fill the large void left next to Adam Fox and on the Rangers penalty kill. It will not be easy, but that is the "next man up" mentality we all want to see in this group.

Brandon Scanlin was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack to serve as the extra defenseman. We're expecting to see Chad Ruhwedel jump into the lineup in place of the absent Lindgren,. This is just while Jacob Trouba remains on the shelf with an injury of his own. Ruhwedel was picked up from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the deadline as insurance for the blueline, and it turns out to be a critical move.