New York Rangers’ Filip Chytil to miss remainder of season with upper-body injury

New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil will miss the remainder of the season with a suspected concussion that the team is listing as an upper-body injury. The 24-year-old has been out since Nov. 2 and returned at one point to his native Czechia to recover. He recently returned to the U.S. and started skating with the team, only to suffer a setback during an optional morning skate on Friday.

“He’s an important piece to our team, he’s a good young player for us,” coach Peter Laviolette said Friday. “It’s tough to see.”

The organization said in a statement that its “top priority throughout this process has been Filip’s health and we will continue to fully support him in his recovery with an aim to return for the 2024-25 season.”

Chytil is a quality middle-six center who had 22 goals and 45 points last season. He had six points, all assists, in 10 games in 2023-24.

Chytil has a cap hit of $4.4375 million. Since he will remain on long-term injured reserve for the rest of the season, the Rangers can exceed the salary cap by that number.

General manager Chris Drury can use that space to target forward depth, potentially at center, where the team will miss Chytil. He could also look to add at wing if the center market is too pricey.

In an Instagram post, Chytil said the past three months have been the hardest of his life. “But we’ve gotta stay positive even in these tough moments,” he added.

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