You may now all officially exhale.
Brian Heyman checked in from practice just now for what has to be considered excellent news for the Rangers: After being examined by the team’s medical staff today, Scott Gomez was told he has no broken bones, and will not miss an extended period of time.
The center is listed as day-to-day, which means Tuesday night against Flyers is an outside possibility.
“If I can play, I’m going to play,” said Gomez, who obviously didn’t skate today. “That’s the way it is. At this time of year you want to go.”
Needless to say, this is a marked departure from the initial prognosis last night, which appeared much bleaker. I think the Rangers could have lived without having Gomez for the final seven games of the regular season. But not having the dynamic playmaker for the postseason would have been a crushing blow.
No word yet on what the short-term solution might be if Gomez can’t play Tuesday, but I would imagine it would involve Petr Prucha back in the fray.