Rangers' Brassard latest NHL player to fall victim to mumps outbreak

Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today

It's past time for the NHL to institute a moratorium on smooching.

The league has been racked by an outbreak of the mumps this season, and on Sunday the virus claimed yet another victim: New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard.

The club has confirmed Shannon's report, though for now they're just saying that Brassard has a "suspected case of the mumps".

Brassard is the second Rangers player to contract the mumps this season, as Rangers fourth-liner Tanner Glass was diagnosed with it in November.

The skilled 27-year-old pivot has been crucial in keeping the Rangers afloat, even as injuries mounted at center. Brassard has managed eight goals and 16 points in 27 games. 

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