Peter Laviolette confirms the injury to Mika Zibanejad.

Peter Laviolette confirms the injury to Mika Zibanejad.

The head coach of the New York Rangers confirms the bad news early in the preseason.

Jonathan Larivee

Earlier today I reported on an incident in training camp that appeared to have caused an injury to Rangers star forward Mika Zibanejad, and unfortunately the latest update on the situation is not good.

Following the game reporters were quick to ask newly appointed Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette about the incident and Laviolette confirmed that Zibanejad has in fact been injured. The head coach categorized the injury as an "upper-body injury" but would not share any additional details at the time. It could very well be that Laviolette himself is still unaware of the severity of Zibanejad's injury at this time.

If you're looking for a silver lining here, Laviolette described the situation as "day to day" which would appear to indicate that this won't be a particularly serious injury.

There still has been no clarity on exactly how Zibanejad was injured in training camp, when players should be avoiding injuring their own teammates, but Laviolette did appear to confirm that it had come from a physical play involving teammates on the ice.

"It can happen anywhere. It’s a fast game," said Laviolette as per Vincent Z. Mercogliano. "It was competitive, guys were physical, there were puck battles, so there was some contact."

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.