Vinny Prospal of the New York Rangers will be out for at least the next 10 days, and it could be up to three weeks. New York’s second-leading scorer will be recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery that he had on Monday morning.
Prospal suffered from a torn lateral meniscus, which was cared for by Anthony Maddalo, the team doctor. He was injured on during Saturday night’s game when the Rangers’ lost in overtime to the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Despite the injury, he played for 22 minutes in Saturday’s game.
The 34-year-old Czech was still feeling sore on Sunday afternoon so he did not participate in Sunday’s practice, and was sent for medical examination. The surgery could effect his chances of becoming a member of the Czech Olympic team.
Prospal signed a one-year contract with the Rangers this year. He has 8 goals, 32 points and 24 assists in 38 games this season. His assists are the 19th best in the NHL. He has played either on left wing or center with Marian Gaborik at his side.
The injury comes at one of the busiest times in the Rangers’ schedule. In the next 33 days they will play 18 games. 12 of those games will occur over the next three weeks. The New York Rangers’ next game is Thursday night at Carolina.
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