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Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Callahan

Mats Zuccarello’s wrist needs surgery

Remember how fun it was when the Rangers called up Mats Zuccarello and he helped spark their miserable power play? Those were good times just a couple weeks ago, but after breaking his wrist, the fun is over.

Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants reports that Zuccarello needs surgery for his wrist and will have the procedure done today. Unfortunately for the Rangers and their power play, Zuccarello is out indefinitely.

With Zuccarello out, Ruslan Fedotenko checks back into the Rangers lineup. Considering he was around before the Norwegian spark plug arrived, you’ll have to assume that Fedotenko won’t be bringing much scoring touch back with him.

As for the Rangers hopes that they might be able to land Boston College prospect Chris Kreider to help them out, that’s not likely going to happen until the playoffs at the earliest. Boston College qualified for the Frozen Four over the weekend and faces Minnesota on April 5 in the national semifinals.

If BC loses that game, Kreider could possibly be available for New York in their regular season finale on April 7 against Washington but that would put him in a tough spot to make his debut as the Rangers could need that game to lock up the first seed in the East. Kreider would be eligible to play in the postseason once he’s signed.

Tyler Myers says there’s no timetable for return

Tyler Myers , Claude Giroux
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Optimistic estimates had Tyler Myers returning from wrist surgery sometime around New Year’s. Those dreams were dashed today as the young Buffalo Sabres defenseman told John Vogl of The Buffalo News that he’ll be out indefinitely.

The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington writes that similar injuries can take anywhere from two to three months to rehab, so this probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise. (Myers went on the shelf in late November.)

It’s still disappointing news for a Sabres team that needs a bright side to look on. Ryan Miller is scheduled to make his eighth start in a row tonight despite his noted struggles, but he hasn’t been the only problem in Buffalo. The defense is as leaky as ever and Vogl points out that 11 Sabres are on pace for less goals than last season.

Perhaps this might give Myers a chance to step back and gather his wits amid a second straight season of struggles since his sterling rookie campaign. He has just six points and a -4 rating in 19 games this season, so Buffalo’s hope is that he’ll sort things out once he comes back – whenever that might be.

Patrick Kane heads into training camp with “no limitations” on repaired wrist

Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane’s surgically repaired wrist has earned him a lot of ink and bandwidth this offseason. After all when when of the biggest stars in the league comes up with a random injury during the summer that needs surgery and puts his ability to be ready for training camp and the start of the season in danger, it’s going to get noticed.

Chicago’s training camp opened up today and Kane was on hand for fitness tests and physicals to kick things off and showing up with his left wrist still in a splint was enough to give everyone a reason to worry. Kane says, however, that there’s no reason to fret over the current state of his wrist as he won’t have any limitations on it now that the season is getting under way.

Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune gets the low down from Chicago training camp from Kane himself about how his wrist is doing.

“I feel really good,” Kane said. “I got it checked it out (Thursday). We’re going to be precautionary about putting myself into contact right away. I’ll be skating twice a day at practices … with whatever (scrimmage) team’s out there and working really hard to get my range of motion back.

Kane added that he’s “been shooting and stick-handling” with teammates and the wrist is “still a little stiff but other than that, the bone and everything is pretty much healed.”

This is good news for the Blackhawks as Kane’s health had them worried he might not get much work in during camp and could’ve missed the start of the season. With Patrick Sharp out of action for 3-4 weeks after an emergency appendectomy, the new season was off to a foreboding start.

Making sure Kane is 100% to start the season is what they’ll work on with him and making sure he can get the season off to a big start with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa healthy and ready to go will be huge for Chicago. With new guy Andrew Brunette and returning potential second line center Michael Frolik there as well, they’ll be eager to start hot as well.

Chicago GM Stan Bowman tells CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that keeping Kane reigned in is going to be the tougher job in training camp.

“He wants to go full tilt right away,” Bowman said. “His injury’s healed very well but we’re going to play it cautiously. He wants to do it all right away. He’s on a mission to have a really great season this year and he’s looking forward to showing us what he can do.”

Potentially having to make do without Sharp and Kane to start the year was something Joel Quenneville was hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with. If Kane is ready to go, that softens the blow and with Sharp to be back soon as well, the high hopes the Blackhawks have heading into this season can have their initial worries allayed.