New York Rangers winger Sammy Blais will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday. Blais will undergo surgery and is expected to recover in six to eight months.
UPDATE: Sammy Blais (knee) has been placed on IR and is out for the season with an expected recovery of 6-8 months. The team has recalled Greg McKegg from @WolfPackAHL.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 16, 2021
Blais suffered the injury in Sunday’s shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. Chasing a puck in the corner, P.K. Subban and Blais came together, with Subban’s skate clipping Blais’ as they battled. Blais fell into the boards and appeared to turn either his knee or his ankle awkwardly. He went down immediately clutching his leg before he was helped off the ice.
Subban has been fined twice this season for slew-footing, including once for a pre-season encounter with Rangers forward Ryan Reaves.
Blais, 25, has four assists in 14 games with the Rangers this season after they acquired him along with a second-round pick from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Pavel Buchnevich in the off-season.
In a corresponding move, the Rangers have recalled 29-year-old centre Greg McKegg from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. McKegg has zero points in eight games with the Rangers this season.