The New York Rangers announced today that Rangers center Eric Lindros has suffered a sternoclavicular sprain in his left chest and is expected to be sidelined for two-to-four weeks.
He sustained the injury during the second period of last night's match vs. the Florida Panthers.
"It's much better than yesterday," Lindros said. "If things keep improving, I don't foresee any problems getting back as quickly as possible. They've set a two to four (week) time range, but hopefully it'll be closer to two."
"Things were starting to come along and you have a little bit of a hitch in the program," he added referring to his solid play of late as well as the team's three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2). "There's not much you can do about it. There's great therapy here and I'm sure I'll be back as quick as possible."
"It's disappointing," Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather said after last night's 3-1 win over Florida. "You don't want to see anybody get hurt. Eric is a big part of the team. He's been playing well in his own end and in the other end."
Rangers defenseman Tom Poti pointed to Lindros' strong play during the first two periods that helped the club earn its first victory of the season.
"He was flying out there," Poti said after the game. "He had a couple of big hits. He had a big goal. He had a big blocked shot there. He was playing great. We're hoping not to lose him for too long."
Lindros has scored goals in each of the last two games and currently ranks first on the Rangers with two goals. He is also tied for first on the club with two points in five games this season.