Rangers team president John Davidson told reporters on Monday morning that G Igor Shesterkin and C Pavel Buchnevich were both involved in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Davidson said the airbags deployed properly and both players were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Shesterkin was driving the car and "apparently a vehicle pulled a U-turn in front of them and there was a collision."
They were both admitted to the New York Presbyterian where Shesterkin was diagnosed with a non-displaced rib fracture. He will be reassessed in a couple weeks.
As for Buchnevich, Davidson said he was "quite shaken up," but he didn't suffer any significant injuries. He is considered day-to-day.
Things could have been a lot worse for the Rangers, and luckily that isn't so. Moving forward, though, Alexandar Georgiev and Henrik Lundqvist will be splitting the goaltender duties.
Lundqvist, the Rangers' long-time goalie, had taken a backseat to Shesterkin after being a healthy scratch Friday night against the Hurricanes. His last game in net came on Feb. 11 against the Jets, which is why trade rumors were being brought up about the 37-year-old.
Buchnevich is the Rangers' first-line right wing, so Jesper Fast -- if he's not traded before 3 p.m. on Monday -- could be the one to slide into that role. Kaapo Kakko and newly-acquired Julien Gauthier are also right wingers.