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Mark Messier to Undergo Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that captain Mark Messier will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday, March 1 to remove bone spurs in his left shoulder and alleviate rotator cuff pain. Following the procedure, Messier will be sidelined indefinitely. The surgery will be performed by team physicians Dr. Andrew Feldman and Dr. Tony Maddalo at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

“With Mark unable to perform effectively in his current condition, we feel that this common orthopedic procedure is the most appropriate form of treatment,” said Dr. Feldman.

Messier, 41, has registered seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 41 games this season. He has missed 16 of the team’s last 23 games while attempting to rehabilitate the shoulder injury.

"I think this is the best decision with what I'm facing," said the captain in making the announcement. "Over the last few weeks, we've exhausted every avenue and have tried everything possible to avoid surgery. I haven't been able to respond to the point where I'd be able to play regularly and play effectively and I think that's what the main factors were in making the decision to go ahead with the surgery. This is the best scenerio in a bad situation. I'll go through it, get it done and start the rehabilitation process as quickly as possible and get back on the ice as soon as possible."
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