UPDATE: It is Rozsival’s right knee, which I believe is the same one he injured a few years back. And the surgery is today, not tomorrow.
Maybe it isn’t cause for panic, but the Rangers will be without defenseman Michal Rozsival for the rest of the preseason because of a slight meniscus tear in his knee.
Though it’s unclear when Rozsival sustained the injury — he played in the Blue and White scrimmage on Monday — it was bothering him enough to have an MRI done yesterday. While the plan is for Rozsival to have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow, the team said he’s expected back for the regular season opener Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Capitals.
As a point of reference, Rangers PR head John Rosasco said that the team’s massage therapist Bruce Lifrieri (AKA “Bruce the Masseuse”) had the same procedure done recently and was back a week later bouncing around the locker room. I pointed out that that’s not the same thing as playing in the NHL, but Rosasco countered by saying, “Yeah, but he’s 52 years old.” Good point.
Anyway, I suppose this opens up some defensive opportunities for at least a little while, perhaps allowing the Rangers to take not only a better look at both Thomas Pock and Martin Richter, but also 19-year-old Marc Staal.
In other news, Kevin Weekes, who tweaked his groin on Monday, practiced this morning, but won’t play tonight.
Here’s the rest of the lineup for the home preseason opener against the Devils:
Martin Straka-Michael Nylander-Brendan Shanahan
Petr Prucha-Matt Cullen-Greg Moore
Dane Byers-Jarko Immonen-Craig Weller
Mike Hoffman-Bruce Graham-Colton Orr
Fedor Tyutin-Jake Taylor
Marek Malik-Bryce Lampman
Henrik Lundqvist-Chris Holt
I’ll have more from the Garden later…