The New York Rangers announced today that goaltender Mike Richter will have reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament surgery on Wednesday, April 5 to repair a ligament tear in his left knee. The rehabilitation process for Richter is expected to last six months. The procedure will be performed by team physicians Dr. Barton Nisonson and Dr. Tony Maddalo at Lennox Hill Hospital. Richter sustained the initial injury while participating in the FedEx / NHL SuperSkills Competition on February 5 during NHL All-Star Weekend in Toronto.
Richter, 33, has posted a 2.87 goals against average, along with a 22-31-8 record in 61 games this season. The 5-11, 185-pound netminder has registered a 2.85 goals against average, along with a 252-205-65 record in 553 career games played over 12 NHL seasons.