Rangers place Kaapo Kakko on injured reserve

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Kaapo Kakko skates against Sabres
Kaapo Kakko skates against Sabres

The Rangers placed Kaapo Kakko on injured reserve on Sunday with an upper body injury.

The second overall pick on the 2019 NHL draft suffered the injury on Saturday night, and will miss at least the next three games. He is eligible to return on Oct. 25 in Ottawa against the Senators.

Ryan Strome is also still in COVID-19 protocol, so he will be unavailable on Monday night against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

Despite the roster moves, head coach Gerard Gallant anticipates no difference in how the Rangers will play.

“We can’t change the way we’re going to play because guys are injured,” Gallant said on Sunday. “We have a system we want to play, and nothing is going to change there. But, obviously, when you lose top guys like Strome and Kakko, it hurts your team some. But it gives other people opportunities, so it’s not an excuse that, ‘Oh, they’re missing Kakko, they’re missing Strome, they’re not going to win to tonight.’"

The Rangers have called up Morgan Barron from Hartford.