The team granted Ranger an indefinite leave of absence Monday, saying the player will return "as soon as he is able." Ranger missed last Saturday's game against Buffalo for a personal reason. The team did not release any more information.
Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said Ranger requested a personal leave. It was granted following discussions within the organization and further talks with the player.
Ranger has one goal and one assist in eight games this season.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic