Rangers Signs Filip Chytil: Watch His Promising Return to the Ice

NHL By Larry Brooks

Published Nov. 24, 2023, 11:34 a.m. ET

PHILADELPHIA—Good news for New York Rangers fans as Filip Chytil, who has been sidelined with a suspected concussion since Nov. 2, has started skating on his own while the team has been away, according to head coach Peter Laviolette.

“He’s skated a couple of times and we’ll see him when we get home,” Laviolette said before Friday afternoon’s match against the Flyers. “Hopefully that continues to ramp up.”

Chytil sustained the concussion in a collision with Jesper Fast on Nov. 2, marking his fourth such injury in his career. Having been sidelined 10 different times since 2018-19, the center was an integral part of the Rangers’ lineup, centering the second line with Artemi Panarin and Alexis Lafreniere and recording six points—all assists—in 10 games before his injury.

Vincent Trocheck moved up from the third line to fill the void, bringing increased production to the team in Chytil’s absence. Laviolette will face a decision on deployment when Chytil returns, likely maintaining the second line while having Chytil center the third unit alongside former Kid Line mate Kaapo Kakko and Will Cuylle. Nick Bonino has filled in on the third line for the last eight games.

“When we get back home we’ll get a chance to see him and catch up with him,” Laviolette said. “But he has been on the ice.”

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