Rangers Get Surprising Filip Chytil Injury Update Ahead of Playoffs

After being ruled out for the season with reoccurring head injuries, Filip Chytil has made a return to Rangers practice.
Oct 30, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN;New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) warms up before a
Oct 30, 2023; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN;New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) warms up before a / James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

There is an unexpected locker filled with gear in the New York Rangers locker room as the team prepares to go on a playoff run.

Center Filip Chytil was back in New York as he began working on a return to the team after being ruled out for the season with injuries. The forward was eyeing a post all-star break return to the team before suffering a setback that caused the team to rule him out on January 28th.

Chytil suffered a concussion on November 2nd against the Carolina Hurricanes just ten games into the season, keeping him out of the lineup for months. He'd attempt a comeback in January before stepping on the stick of Jake Leschyshyn falling and re-injuring himself, prompting the team to rule him out for the season. In the ten games he played, Chytil assisted on six goals without scoring any himself.

The Rangers have said that Chytil is medically cleared with no timeline to return currently and that he won't be rushed back.

This will certainly provide the team and Chytil a massive morale boost with his return to on-ice activity. If Chytil could return during the postseason he'd provide the Rangers a massive boost with his eight career goals and five assists in playoff appearances. The Rangers could plug Chytil back into the bottom six as either a center or as a winger to help boost the team's scoring.

As things currently stand it's highly unlikely that the team gets Chytil back for the playoffs, especially as he won't be able to play in any regular season matchups.

The news of Chytil returning to practice is massive news for the Rangers 2024-25 season, however. The team likely won't need to add anyone in Chytil's place even after many questioned if he would ever return to the team. The team can head into the off-season with Chytil penciled in as the team's third line center behind Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck.

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