New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm during a game on Dec. 27, will undergo surgery to have his rib resected and will remain sidelined indefinitely, the team announced Friday.
Rib resection involves the surgical removal of a segment of the first rib, which is the rib closest to the head under the collarbone, according to the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority.
Kreider, 26, left the Rangers’ 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals last month after his arm swelled. His symptoms upon leaving the game were consistent with those associated with a blood clot and the team’s diagnosis was confirmed at the hospital.
Kreider has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 37 games this season, his sixth with the Rangers. The Rangers’ 2009 first-round pick (19th overall) had NHL highs of 28 goals and 53 points last season.
–Field Level Media