New York Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk
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New York Rangers Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a left-shoulder injury in Monday nights loss to Tampa Bay and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Frank Curto

The injuries keep on coming, this time New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is the victim as he suffered what appeared to be a left shoulder injury in the second period of Monday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that Shattenkirk left the arena Monday night in a sling and would be out indefinitely. The injury was the result of a hard hit by former Ranger J.T. Miller as the two battled for the puck.

David Quinn and his coaching staff have some options regarding the way to replace Shattenkirk in the lineup. The team has a healthy Brendan Smith, a healthy scratch the last two games, ready to go back in the lineup as well as Adam Mcquaid, out since late October with a lower-body injury, almost ready to return to the lineup.

As the Rangers are in a rebuild scenario, the thought of possibly calling up a rookie from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack is another route they could take. Libor Hajek and Ryan Lindgren are both having fine seasons in Hartford. Hajek has three assists as he has played in all 26 games for Hartford. Lindgren has two assists in the 23 games he has appeared in along with 22 penalty minutes.

Another option the Blueshirts could go would be to call up John Gilmour or Rob O’Gara. Gilmour, 25-years-old finished the season with the Rangers last season. He is third in scoring for the Wolf Pack with six goals, 11 assists for 17 points. O’Gara is second on the Wolf Pack in the penalty with 23 on the season.

Sent to Hartford

As it appears that both Mats Zuccarello and Pavel Buchnevich are close to returning to the lineup, the Rangers set both Steven Fogarty and Colin Schneider back to Hartford on Tuesday.

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