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Kasparaitis to undergo abdominal surgery

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Darius Kasparaitis will undergo surgery to repair an external oblique tear on Wednesday, June 14.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Rea Brown in Montreal. The rehabilitation process for Kasparaitis is approximately five weeks and he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Kasparaitis, 33, skated in 67 games with the Rangers this season, registering six assists along with 97 penalty minutes. The 5-11, 218-pound defenseman led the team in penalty minutes (97) and his team-leading 195 hits tied for ninth in the NHL.

In addition, Kasparaitis also represented Team Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he picked up two assists and eight penalty minutes in eight games.
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