This afternoon the New York Rangers announced Ryan Strome will be out for Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens due to the COVID-19 protocol. They have recalled Greg McKegg from the Hartford Wolf Pack in his stead.
UPDATE: Ryan Strome (COVID-19 protocol-related absence) will be unavailable for tomorrow’s game at Montreal. The team has recalled Greg McKegg from Hartford.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 15, 2021
As it stands there have been no further details released on Ryan Strome’s status or whether he is expected to be out for any additional games. The NHL’s COVID-19 protocol has multiple layers in how it responds to individuals on whether they are asymptomatic or experiencing symptoms, and without knowing any specifics it’s impossible to accurately guess just how long Strome could be out for. You can read the full document here, if that’s something you are interested in.
This is tough news for a team that has sputtered out of the gate, especially offensively, but there are positives that can be taken out of the situation. Since you can expect Greg McKegg to be in the bottom six, he’d have a ripple effect on the rest of the roster which involves bumping another center up in the lineup.
This could give Filip Chytil an extended shot on the second line. The former 21st overall pick has shown flashes of dominant play and brilliance but for some reason or another, usually injury, has been side tracked.
We’ll learn more as the next few days unfold regarding how the team responds to losing their second line center and the status of Strome.