Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, who was rehabbing a broken left foot when the NHL halted its schedule on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Monday that his foot healed during the season’s pause.
“My foot feels good,’’ said Kreider, speaking on an NHL Zoom call with fellow Boston-area players Kevin Hayes, Chris Wagner and Keith Yandle. “The foot was better a few weeks ago. I’m able to work on, kind of, rehabbing it, and getting it back to where it was now.’’
Kreider broke the foot in the Rangers’ game against the Flyers and Hayes, his former college and Rangers teammate. He suffered the injury when he blocked a shot by Flyers defenseman Phillipe Myers late in the first period of a 5-2 loss.
At the time, the Rangers refused to give a timetable for a possible return, though a week later, general manager Jeff Gorton said on NHL Network that the team expected Kreider to be out four to six weeks.
A week after that, on March 10, Kreider skated on his own at the Rangers’ morning skate in Dallas before that night’s game against the Stars.
The following night, the Rangers played their final game, a 2-1 overtime loss in Colorado, before the league stopped the season.
Kreider, who will turn 29 on April 30, had been one of the team’s hottest players when he signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension on Feb. 24, the day of the NHL trade deadline.
The injury forced him to miss six games, but at the time of the stoppage, he was the team’s third-leading goal-scorer with 24. He also had 21 assists in 63 games.
Kreider, Hayes, Wagner and Yandle were part of the NHL’s series of Zoom meetings in which the league gathers small groups of players and coaches via the videoconferencing service and a league spokesman asks questions, with selected media invited to watch.
Monday’s call featured players from the Boston area in honor of it being the day when the Boston Marathon originally was scheduled to run. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the race has been rescheduled for Sept. 14.
Rangers join fundraiser. The Rangers announced that they have accepted the challenge to join the Fanatics’ “All-In Challenge.’’ The challenge is an attempt to raise $100 million to support efforts to feed people in need during the pandemic.
Fans can bid on the opportunity to skate with members of the 1994 Stanley Cup championship team at Madison Square Garden as well as buy a Henrik Lundqvist game-used mask from the 2010-11 season.