Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced after practice on Wednesday that team captain Chris Drury will undergo surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss the next six weeks of action.
Drury has missed the past two games with pain in his knee -- a soreness that has bothered him for several weeks.
“He tried like hell to keep on playing, but it’s just gotten to the point that he can’t,” Tortorella told reporters at the MSG Training Center. “He tried to play on it. We tried playing him. It didn’t work out.”
|Rangers captain Chris Drury will be out of action for several weeks, because a knee injury that sidelined him for the past two games will require surgery. |
The exact nature of the injury is not known, although Tortorella has said that it is not specific to something that happened just this season. Instead Tortorella believes that the injury has surfaced after many years of “wear and tear” for Drury, 34.
“They’re going to go in, scrape his knee, take a look at it,” Tortorella informed the media. “They really haven’t pinpointed anything. That guy has played hard for a long time and I just think it’s worn on him. It certainly has not been getting better.”
It has been a difficult season for Drury. He has missed 33 games already due to injuries to his knee and hand. Drury has played in only 23 games, notching four assists, putting him nine short of having played 900 games in his NHL career.
Prior to this season, the fewest games Drury ever took part in during his career were the 71 he played for the Avalanche during the 2000-01 campaign.
“This has got to be done and then we’ll see what happens,” said Tortorella.