Derick Brassard Injury: Updates on Rangers Center's Status and Return

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 13:  Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Updates from Saturday, May 24

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports et Journal de Montréal provides comments from Michel Therrien, who spoke about Derick Brassard's injury:

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the latest news on Brassard:

Larry Brooks of The New York Post provides good news regarding his status for Game 4:

Dan Rosen of provided more detail regarding the center:

Updates from Thursday, May 22

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News provides an update on Derick Brassard's status:

Alain Vigneault spoke to reporters prior to Game 3 vs. Montreal and previously provided an update on Brassard's injury (via Tal Pinchevsky of

Speaking with French reporters, Vigneault said he did not think Brassard would play against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.

"I would say right now I think no," Vigneault said in French when asked about Brassard's status for Game 3.

Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Derick Brassard is working his way back toward the Rangers' lineup for Game 3 vs. Montreal (via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News):

Brassard later spoke about his health and return to the Rangers (via the Rangers and Andrew Gross of The Record):

Original Text

The New York Rangers will be without center Derick Brassard for their Game 2 matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced Monday night.   

After exiting Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with what appeared to be an upper-body injury, the Rangers tweeted that he would not play in Game 2:

Brassard was on the receiving end of a vicious open-ice hit from Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver in the first period of Game 1. The hit forced Brassard to the bench and kept him out for the rest of the game.

"He came on my blindside," Brassard told Katie Strang from, "but it's the playoffs and I need to be aware of being hit."

In 15 games this postseason, Brassard has scored four goals and added three assists. Daniel Carcillo, who has two goals in six games in the playoffs, will replace Brassard.

After winning the first game of the series 7-2, the Rangers will be hoping that they can take a 2-0 series lead before heading to New York, and they'll also be hoping Brassard can be back for Game 3.