Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wolski to have surgery

The news wasn't all good for the Rangers, who look to extend a four-game win streak to five with tomorrow's visit to Kanata against the Senators. Aside from Mike Rupp needing arthroscopic knee surgery, forward Wojtek Wolski requires abdominal surgery to repair a sports hernia which should keep him out at least four weeks. New York Rangers President And GM Glen Sather made the announcement yesterday.

The 25-year old Wolski was acquired from Phoenix Rangers West last Jan.10 in exchange for Michal Rozsival. In 37 contests after being acquired, he tallied 19 points (6-13-19) for the Blueshirts the rest of '10-11 while adding a goal and two helpers in a first round loss to Washington. This season, a groin issue limited him to just half a dozen games with the Polish former 'Yote reinjuring it in a win against Anaheim. He had two assists.

With Wolski and Rupp both placed on IR, Sean Avery has seen limited fourth line duty in two games. Look for the organization to recall Mats Zuccarello and retain Andre Deveaux, who has been better than first thought. The 27-year old enforcer recorded his second NHL point in Saturday's win over Montreal, helping set up a goal. It was his first point since '08-09 when he got in 21 games with the Leafs. He also took part in one game in '09-10 for his hometown team who he'll likely see this Saturday at Air Canada Centre.

Staaling For Time: There's nothing new to report on defenseman Marc Staal, who continues to suffer PCS stemming from brother Eric Staal's clean hit at the end of a period in a game versus Carolina last February. It's looking like the Rangers will place him on LTI with the arrival of Swedish defenseman Anton Stralman, who recently signed for a year and $900,000. Stralman still needs to pass some medical tests before he can play. So, he won't travel with the team for tomorrow's game at Ottawa.

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