New York Rangers President and General Manager Neil Smith announced today that Mike Richter will miss tonight's home opener vs. the Ottawa Senators due to a slight disc protrusion in his lower back and will be sidelined on a day-to-day basis. In addition, right wing Valeri Kamensky has been placed on the seven-day injured list and will be sidelined for seven to 10 days with a stress fracture in his right arm and center Tim Taylor will be out of the line-up on a day-to-day basis due to a concussion. Goaltender Milan Hnilicka (pronounced hih-LEECH-kah) has been recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Richter was examined in Manhattan yesterday, by back specialist, Dr. Patrick O'Leary. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging test was performed at Phelps Memorial Hospital. The goaltender has appeared in two games this season, posting a 0-1-1 record, along with a 1.45 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.
Kamensky, who has collected one assist in one contest this season, suffered a stress fracture in his right arm in the season opener on Friday, October 1 at Edmonton.
Taylor, who notched his first goal as a Ranger on Friday at Edmonton, suffered a concussion on Saturday, October 2 at Vancouver.