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Rangers' Filip Chytil to relax but stay ready for anything

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Filip Chytil had COVID-19 last season, so he understands the NHL’s decision amid a growing number of positive cases around the league to start its Christmas Break a couple days early.

"I'm respecting that, because you never know what can happen even when you are vaccinated,’’ the 22-year-old Rangers forward said Tuesday after the team’s final practice before Christmas.

"I'm not focusing on it,’’ he said. "I’m just trying to live the life like before, but still have the thought in my head that I have to be a little more careful now, and [follow] all the rules what we have now.