Zibanejad Suffers Broken Fibula, Out 6-8 Weeks
New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad will be out 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken fibula Sunday night against the Flordia Panthers.
The top-six centre, was injured when he crashed awkwardly into the boards with his leg extended after being tangled up with Flordia’s Reilly Smith. Zibanejad could not put any weight on his leg as his teammates helped him off the ice. This is devastating news for the 23-year old and for the Rangers. The former Ottawa Senator, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft, had six points in his last six games and had 15 points in 19 games.
The New York Rangers have been playing strong hockey the last few weeks, however, their depth up the middle took a huge hit as Zibanejad was on his way to having a career season stats wise. He had great chemistry with Chris Kreider on the second line and he centred the Rangers first powerplay unit.
Zibanejad was acquired from the Ottawa Senators this off-season for Derick Brassard.