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Kasparaitis Expected to Miss 10-12 Weeks

January 21, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks because of a broken bone in his left leg and a sprained ligament in the knee.

The team initially thought Kasparaitis would be out less than two weeks after he was hurt Monday in the second period of a loss at Boston. Kasparaitis collided with Bruins defenseman Dan McGillis, who was given a major penalty for the hit.

An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed the extent of the injury, which could cause Kasparaitis to miss the remainder of New York’s season.

``The doctor showed me on the X-rays and I was shocked,″ Rangers coach and general manager Glen Sather said.

Sather said he will try to acquire another defenseman to replace Kasparaitis, who is second among Rangers defensemen with a plus-11 rating. In 44 games this season, Kasparaitis has one goal, nine assists and 48 penalty minutes.

``Nobody is going to grow a defenseman for us that can play in the National Hockey league today,″ Sather said. ``We have to make a deal for one.″

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