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Chris Drury to have knee surgery, out at least six weeks

Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers

Chris Drury #23 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Jan. 16, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Drury will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will miss at least six weeks, Rangers coach John Tortorella said earlier today. Drury has missed the last two Rangers games with a sore knee and now his injury-plagued season may be over after the Rangers captain played only 23 games. He missed all but one period of the first 32 games this season with a finger that was broken twice in different places.

“That guy has played hard for a long time and I just think it’s worn on him,” Tortorella said. “It certainly hasn’t been getting better. He tried like hell to keep on playing, but it’s just gotten to the point where he can’t.”

Tortorella also addressed speculation that Drury, who had no goals and four assists in a limited role as a faceoff and penalty-killing specialist, took himself out of the lineup with a trumped-up knee problem before he became a healthy scratch as the Rangers’ injured forwards returned to action.

“It ------ me off that some things come out about Chris Drury, about him thinking he might be out of the lineup and thinking he’s given in here a little bit. That certainly is not what has happened with this guy,” Tortorella said. “It bothered me, so this is a good opportunity to say it. Because he’s not built that way, and we all know that.”

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