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 downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh