Not only did the New York Rangers limp out of Madison Square Garden after taking a 4-0 pummeling last night, but they’ll be without young forward Pavel Buchnevich for the immediate future. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Buchnevich suffered a concussion during the game and is out indefinitely.
Buchnevich, 22, was enjoying a breakout season as a sophomore with 32 points in 50 games, and was one of the bright young stars for the Rangers to build around. Yesterday, when we asked our readers whether the team should sell or not, the overwhelming response was to tear down the whole thing and rebuild. Buchnevich would be a part of that rebuild, after breaking into the league last season and proving he could be a contributor at this level.
The Rangers now head to Nashville to start a short two-game road trip, that will pit them against the Predators and Dallas Stars in a pair of tough matchups. After losing last night, they find themselves tied for last place in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Islanders, and now 3-7 in their last ten games.