Kasparaitis Expected to Miss 10-12 Weeks
Jan. 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.''