Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko out week-to-week with lower-body injury

5:50 PM: Gerard Gallant said after practice “We fully expect him to be back, hopefully, possibly, play maybe two or three of the last games, but we expect him for playoffs.” (NYR)

11:02 AM: Kaapo Kakko is being considered “week-to-week” after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s win over Detroit. (Brooks, Staple)

Kakko had played three games and one period after missing 31 games with an upper-body injury.

Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney return to the lineup tonight

6:37 PM: Igor Shesterkin starts in net. (MSG)

6:32 PM: Kakko will skate on the third line with Barclay Goodrow and Alexis Lafreniere. (MSG)

Filip Chytil will not play and is being considered day-to-day.

5:04 PM: Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Ottawa. (NYR)

Kakko last played on 1/21 after suffering an upper-body injury against Carolina.

Rooney last played on 3/2 against St. Louis after suffering an upper-body injury.

2021-22 Rangers Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko will miss more time (Update: At least a month)

2/12/22 | 10 AM: Larry Brooks writes that Kakko’s injury is not related to the one he had in October and that it is “safe to infer” that Kakko is “undergoing surgery.” (NY Post)

He adds that Kakko skated on his own prior to the break, but that his injury didn’t respond to treatment. (NY Post)

2/11/22 | 6:17 PM: Gerard Gallant said on Friday (NYR):

  • On getting Fox back, “He looks good out there, first day, but he looks good, everything going good. We expect him to be ready to play.”
  • On Kakko, “He’s going to be out for a while….probably at least a month.”
  • A Month on top of what he has already missed, “yep.”
2021-22 Rangers Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko out week-to-week, Filip Chytil still day-to-day

7PM: Patrik Nameth is not playing, Libor Hajek is in his spot.

Artemi Panarin will start with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere will start with Ryan Strome and Barclay Goodrow, Dryden Hunt, Morgan Barron and Julien Gauthier will be the third line and Greg McKegg, Kevin Rooney and Ryan Reaves remain as the fourth line.

2:26 PM: Morgan Barron was called up from the Taxi Squad and Jarred Tinordi, after clearing waivers, was sent to the Taxi Squad. (NYR)

12:43 PM: Gerard Gallant met with the media following the morning skate and said (NYR):

  • Chytil and Kakko didn’t skate today, “they are not playing tonight.”
  • Is Morgan Barron coming in, “we’ve got different options and whether we go with seven D or play the four lines, we will see. I’m sure, but you’ve gotta wait until the evening, things happen.”
Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko OUT with an upper body injury

Kaapo Kakko will miss the rest of tonight’s game in Montreal with an upper body injury.

Kakko played 6:16 in the first period and his last shift ended with 36 seconds left in the first.

He had one hit, one blocked shot and one shot that missed the net.

At 13:49 of the first period, Alex Romanov was credited with a hit on Kakko and at 13:56 of the first period Kakko was credited with a hit on Romanov.

Kaapo Kakko

Kaapo Kakko has been added to the NHL’s Covid list, Saturday against NJ postponed

5:09PM: Kaapo Kakko has been added to the NHL’s list of players that are unavailable due to Covid protocols.

From the NHL’s list, “Continuing for the balance of the 2020-21 season, the NHL is sharing the names of Players who are “unavailable” to the Club (to practice, travel or play in games) due to COVID protocols. Such “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.”

The Rangers called up forward Jonny Brodzinski from Hartford earlier today, likely in relation to the Kakko news.

The Devils, who the Rangers were scheduled to play on Saturday, have 10 players on the Covid list and their games have been postponed through Saturday.