Derek Stepan C NYR 8 Days

Rangers GM Glen Sather announced Wednesday that Stepan suffered a non-displaced fractured fibula and will be out for four-to-six weeks.

Once Stepan recovers from the injury, he'll still have to get his body back into hockey shape, so it might be wise to add an additional week to either end of that timetable before approximating his return to game action. Regardless, the loss of Stepan is crushing for the both the Rangers and fantasy owners, the latter of whom likely drafted the center in large part because of his pristine health record. While Stepan is out, the Rangers figure to elevate Derick Brassard to the No. 1 center spot, with a number of players left over to compete for a second-line role. The candidates could include veteran options such as Matthew Lombardi and Dominic Moore, as well as promising youngsters like Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller.

Derek Stepan C NYR 8 Days

Though no official recovery timetable has been announced for Stepan (leg), Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he's expected to hear that the center will miss four-to-six weeks of action, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

A six-week injury would put Stepan on track to miss all nine of the Rangers' regular season games in October, a predicament that could test the team's thin depth at center. Stepan, who was set to open as the pivot on the top line with Chris Kreider and Rick Nash, has never missed a game in his young NHL career.

Derek Stepan C NYR 8 Days

Stepan suffered a fractured fibula during his conditioning test Wednesday and has been ruled out indefinitely, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

Stepan will remain under evaluation by doctors Wednesday, with an update on a potential recovery timetable likely to be relayed later in the day. The fracture is believed to be inter-related to the foot contusion he suffered while blocking a shot during an informal skate Sept. 9. Evidently, the foot ailment was more serious than the Rangers had thought, and they'll now likely be without Stepan's services for quite some time. The 24-year-old can safely be bumped down a few notches on the cheat sheet as a result of the injury, but unless the Rangers end up ruling him out for the season, it's probably still worthwhile to stash him on the bench until he's deemed healthy.

Derek Stepan C NYR 8 Days

Stepan fell hard on the ice during his conditioning test Wednesday and required assistance off the ice, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. He was seen clutching his left leg before being helped off.

Stepan took the conditioning test in an attempt to receive clearance to resume practice, after he was held out of the team's scrimmage with a left foot contusion. It now appears he has a much more serious injury to contend with, though it remains too early to speculate how much time he might his as a result of Wednesday's setback. It would seem particularly troubling that Stepan fell to the ice despite not taking contact, perhaps suggesting some instability in his knee. Expect the Rangers to relay further information on his condition in the coming days.

Derek Stepan C NYR 10 Days

Stepan (foot) is not expected to play in Monday's pre-season game against the Devils, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Stepan bruised his foot blocking a shot during practice Sunday. He'll probably miss Monday's pre-season game, but the injury shouldn't affect his status for the regular season.

Derek Stepan C NYR 11 Days

Stepan has a foot contusion after blocking a shot in practice, and is considered day-to-day, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Stepan's day-to-day injury designation indicates that this is a minor injury, and should be ready start the regular season. Provided he does return to action soon, this injury should not affect Stepan's fantasy value.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan finished with the fourth-most faceoff wins of the playoffs (215), yet that might be an area he'd like to improve upon in 2014-15.

Stepan only won 42.2 percent of his draws in the playoffs. He was also weak in that regard in the regular season, going 829-1512, a 45.2 winning percent.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Henrik Lundqvist's 48 saves were not enough Friday night and the New York Rangers fell 3-2 in Los Angeles in double overtime, giving the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

But the Rangers sure had their chances in OT. Ryan McDonagh hit the right post at 4:42 of the first overtime. Jonathan Quick (28 saves) stopped Chris Kreider's breakaway at 19:27 of the first overtime and Dan Girardi's power-play slap shot in the second overtime was tipped off the left post by Mats Zuccarello. "It's a bummer," Derek Stepan said. "Quality chances, quality looks that don't find the back of the net with the way Hank is playing. It didn't seem like we were going to lose that hockey game. Right now, it's a sour taste. It's not much fun right now."

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan was one of two Ranger players to help clear the puck from the goal line after it squeezed behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in Game 4's 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

"Just trying to do whatever I could to get the puck away from the goal line," Stepan said. "I saw the puck, got it and pushed it back under Hank. He never stops surprising me. He's our best player and we're going to need him." Stepan's big play came late in the third while the Kings were pressing, while defenseman Anton Stralman's stick helped prevent the puck from dribbling in earlier in the contest.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Rick Nash is struggling in the playoffs for the New York Rangers, with only three goals in 22 games.

But his linemates aren't excelling either, and Derek Stepan says he and Chris Kreider have to up their game along with Nash if the Rangers have any chance of bouncing back from a 1-0 disadvantage against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanely Cup Final. "As a line, I think we have a lot more to give, all three of us," Stepan said. "We all have strengths that we contribute. Chris skates and Nasher and I create space. It's not only Rick. Me and Kreids have to step up our games." Stepan has five goals in 20 playoff games and Kreider, four in 11.