Andrew Gross of the New Jersey Record is reporting that Rangers captain Chris Drury will be out for another six weeks as he gets surgery on his knee. Tortorella stated last week that Drury had been playing through injury, and apparently the medical staff believes it is significant enough that they need to shut him down for a while. Drury will get his knee scoped and if all goes well then he’ll be able to return for the final few weeks of the season. Drury not earning his contract is the worst kept secret in the NHL, but you can not deny that his presence is still of value. He’s the only center with a faceoff percantage above 50% and the young team absolutely benefits from his veteran presence in the locker room. You can’t help but feel bad about the multiple injuries he’s endured this season.
Gross also reports that Michael Del Zotto is going to stay with the Rangers “right now.” Tortorella claims that Del Zotto has made enough progress in the “areas of concern” and for that he will stay with the team. However, the fact that the Rangers are searching for a puck moving defenseman, along with Tortorella’s choice of words, should be enough to say that he is still on a short leash and that he still has plenty to improve. I would think that Del Zotto will continue to play and Eminger will continue to be scratched for the time being. It would make little sense to keep Del Zotto up if he was going to be a healthy scratch.