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Derek Stepan suffered a fractured left fibula during on-ice conditioning drills Wednesday morning at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh.
There is no official estimate on how much time Stepan will miss, but injuries such as these are generally 4-6 weeks or more.
The injury to Stepan — who broke his jaw during the Eastern Conference Final last May, and suffered a bruised foot on the first day of training camp — leaves the Rangers’ thin center position in question.
Stepan slated in as the No. 1 center, with Derick Brassard as No. 2, and likely rookie J.T. Miller and Dominic Moore holding down the other two center spots. Now it appears that somebody else will get an opportunity, and that Miller and Moore could slot up on the depth chart.
Perhaps Matthew Lombardi, Kevin Hayes, Oscar Lindberg or Chris Mueller will get a chance to be a regular center during Stepan’s absence.
Stepan had never missed a game in his four-year career until the broken jaw he suffered on a predatory hit by ex-teammate Brandon Prust in the ECF. He only missed one game with that injury.
He had 17 goals and 40 assists centering, mostly, Rick Nash and Chris Kreider, last season.
It is doubtful the Rangers could maneuver what little cap space they have to make a trade to fill his spot for the first portion of the season.
The Rangers don’t open until Oct. 9, and have a relatively light first month with nine games in October.
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