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Report: Mason to undergo knee surgery

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Looks as though Steve Mason will go under the knife to try and solve his problematic right knee, according to CSN Philadelphia:

After multiple MRIs — more than three — the Flyers and Mason have decided they will scope his right knee to find the source of pain and why it’s been locking up on him, a source told CSNPhilly.com.

Mason’s latest injury came Sunday at the bench during a timeout at the Flyers-Capitals game. The 26-year-old goalie went to bench to stretch, then his right knee buckled.

He left the game and did not return while backup Ray Emery picked up a 3-1 victory in relief.

This is the third time since Jan. 6 that Mason has injured his right knee.

Losing Mason for any significant length of time would be disastrous for the Flyers, who have inched back onto the brink of playoff contention — just nine points back of Boston — thanks to a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Mason has been a big reason for the improved play; as Brough wrote in his recent praise piece, Mason’s .924 save percentage ranks 6th in the NHL and puts him ahead of the likes of Semyon Varlamov (.923), Henrik Lundqvist (.922), and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Tuukka Rask (.921).

With Mason sidelined and veteran Robb Zepp injured in AHL Lehigh Valley, the Flyers have recalled Anthony Stolarz — the 21-year-old will back up Ray Emery for the time being, beginning with Tuesday’s game in Montreal.

Playing would have put Lundqvist at ‘big risk of having a stroke’

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As much as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would like to be playing between the pipes to aide the New York Rangers in their battle to secure a playoff spot and perhaps even the Metropolitan Division title, his current vascular injury is not something that he can attempt to simply power through.

“If I would keep playing I’d run a big risk of having a stroke, and that’s why you have to make sure you play this one safe because it’s not a sore shoulder or elbow or something like that,” Lundqvist explained to NHL.com.

With that in mind, the 32-year-old goaltender is committed to waiting until he’s completely healed before he returns. For the next two-to-three weeks he’s limited to light cardio. At that point, his condition will be re-evaluated.

“If it was a sore shoulder I’d probably be playing in a week or something,” Lundqvist said. “Here I just have to listen to the doctors because it’s that serious. I feel great walking around and doing different things, but you don’t want to push this injury as long as it’s there. But my plan is to come back and be super excited and ready to play in the last push of the season and the playoffs.”

He suffered the injury when he took a puck to the throat on Saturday. He stayed in that game and even led the Rangers to a 6-3 victory over Florida on Monday. He started experiencing headaches though and was examined further as a result.

With Lundqvist sidelined, 27-year-old Cam Talbot is trying to fill the void.

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Here are three rental goalies New York could target with Lundqvist out

Rangers’ Lundqvist (vascular injury) tweets health update

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Henrik Lundqvist took to Twitter Saturday to update his health.

Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury after taking a puck to the throat last Saturday. The injury occurred during the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 32-year-old said the injury is under control and that he needs rest for it to heal.

The club announced Lundqvist is expected to miss three weeks with the injury.

Lundqvist is 25-11-3 this season with a 2.52 G.A.A. and a .922 save percentage.

Here are three rental goalies New York could target with Lundqvist out

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Following reports that Henrik Lundqvist will be out “at least” a month with a neck injury, it seems likely that Rangers GM Glen Sather will bring in a veteran netminder to his goaltending group, which currently consists of Cam Talbot (33 career games) and MacKenzie Skapski (zero).

So, here are some options:

Jonas Gustavsson, Detroit
Contract: In last of one-year, $1.85M deal

The emergence of 22-year-old Petr Mrazek — 12-4-1 this year, .912 save percentage, 2.50 GAA — has resulted in a crowded Red Wings crease; right now it’s Mrazek and Gustavsson in Detroit with No. 1 Jimmy Howard targeting a Feb. 11 return.

(Don’t forget former first-round pick Thomas McCollum, who’s been solid this year in both Detroit and Grand Rapids.)

Assuming Mrazek is Howard’s heir apparent, Gustavsson seems like the odd man out moving forward and, as far as stopgap replacements go, he’d be good one. “The Monster” has only made three big-league appearances this year but, last season, went an impressive 16-5-4 for the Wings and started two playoff games after Howard went down to injury.

(Of course, for this to happen Detroit would essentially be agreeing to help out a potential Eastern Conference playoff opponent… which could be a reach.)

Jason LaBarbera, Anaheim
Contract: In last of one-year, $750,000 deal

A well-traveled veteran that played under Alain Vigneault in Vancouver, LaBarbera has made five appearances for Anaheim this season and performed reasonably well, going 2-0-1 with a .909 save percentage and 2.61 GAA.

Though he’s spent the majority of this season in AHL Norfolk, the 35-year-old has nearly 200 games of NHL experience and actually played for Sather — LaBarbera made four appearances for the Rangers in 2003-04, when Slats was the head coach.

Michael Leighton, Chicago
Contract: In last of one-year, $900,000 deal

Though he’s yet to play in the NHL this season, the 33-year-old journeyman has been one of the American League’s top netminders in ’14-15, going 12-7-4 with a 2.01 GAA and .931 save percentage.

Leighton, who backstopped Philadelphia en route to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, doesn’t project to have much of a future with the Blackhawks; Corey Crawford’s locked in as the starter, the club is high on Antti Raanta as a potential No. 2 and Scott Darling showed this season he’s capable of playing at the NHL level.

Report: Rangers lose Lundqvist for ‘at least’ a month (Updated)

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Uh oh.

On Friday, the New York Post reported that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist — who was pulled from Wednesday’s scheduled start versus Boston with an upper-body ailment — will be out for at least one month with a neck injury.

UPDATE: It’s a “vascular injury,” per the club

Henrik Lundqvist suffered a vascular injury on Saturday. We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care. Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is revaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts.

The veteran netminder was initially hurt during Saturday’s win over Carolina, on this play:

Lundqvist finished that contest — strongly too, stopping 31 of 32 shots — and was in net again for Monday’s 6-3 win over Florida. That said, the veteran netminder did admit to feeling “lightheaded” during the Carolina game, and experienced headaches in the third period.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault shot down the notion Lundqvist suffered a concussion on the play but, on Wednesday, said the club was “investigating” what was ailing the Swedish ‘tender.

More, from the Post:

The goaltender, who had been experiencing intermittent headaches, underwent a series of tests and exams on Wednesday, the results of which are known by the Rangers but have not been shared.

Sources have told The Post that Lundqvist did not develop a blood clot, nor is he is suffering from nerve damage or post-concussion symptoms.

This injury will really test New York’s mettle. Lundqvist has been remarkably durable and a constant presence during his 10-year career with the Rangers and is routinely a lock for 60-plus games per season. What’s more, the depth behind him is questionable: Cam Talbot has been one of the NHL’s better backups over the last two seasons, but he still only has 33 career appearances on his resume; third-stringer MacKenzie Skapski is 20 years old and in his first professional season.