Dan Boyle out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

When Rick Nash scores two goals and an assist in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues, the pessimists among us were probably wondering what hardship would befall the New York Rangers. to restore order to the universe.

After the game, it was announced that defenseman Dan Boyle will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.

From Rangers Rants:

At 1:53 of the third period, Boyle blocked Jori Lehtera’s slap shot. That was his last shift of the game. Boyle walked through the dressing room and it appeared to be his right hand that had been injured.

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So Matt Hunwick now may make his Rangers’ debut Saturday at Columbus. The Rangers will also likely call up another defenseman from Hartford (AHL) perhaps Conor Allen, who could see playing time.

The Rangers will also need to replace Boyle as the power play quarterback on the first unit. John Moore may get the first crack.

Boyle, 38, was a plus-1 in 16:37 of ice time in his first game as a Ranger, taking a delay of game penalty in the second period. He signed a 2-year, $9-million contract as a free agent last summer.