By Matt Calamia
Despite playing in 25 postseason games, the New York Rangers head into the offseason relatively healthy, with the only injury of significance discussed at the team’s breakup day Monday being that of backup goaltender Cam Talbot.
Talbot — who was unavailable through the Stanley Cup Final — announced today that he suffered a broken hand following a save he made in warmups prior to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal.
“One of the drills was over, I reached back to bat another puck out of the air, went back towards the middle of the net and it caught me on the hand and ended up breaking a bone in the hand,” Talbot told reporters. “Obviously, not the way I wanted to end the season.”
Talbot said it wasn’t displaced and did not require surgery. “It’s better now, but obviously it wasn’t strong enough to hold a stick or anything like that.”
The net minder said at this point he can hold a stick and said he was planning on skating Monday had the season been extended beyond Game 5.
“Obviously no one wants that to happen. For it to happen going into the Stanley Cup Final was a blow to me. It’s just a terrible situation and I just wish I could have been a part of it.”
After what amounts to extra quarter of the regular season, there are plenty of bumps and bruises the players were suffering from, but Talbot’s injury definitely topped the list. Derek Stepan said he was still unable to have solid food, yet did joke that he would be able to eat steaks at his upcoming wedding.
“Surprisingly all good,” Dan Girardi said with a laugh. “Not much going on. I dislocated my finger, my pinkie finger int he second game, but Rammer [Rangers medical trainer Jim Ramsay] just put it right back in. There’s nothing to it. Other than that, there’s nothing going on.”
With a shorter than normal offeseason — about three months from now training camp will begin — head coach Alain Vigneault said that his team has its issues physically, but nothing that he expects will be a major issue.
“We’ve come out of it health-wise banged up, but I’ve seen other teams more banged up than we are,” Vigneault told reporters. “We should be alright.”