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.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense