Friday marks seven weeks the Rangers have been without their captain, Chris Drury.
Drury broke his finger at training camp and missed the first two games of the season. In the home opener on October 15, he re-broke the finger in two places and has been out of the lineup since. He’s gotten back to skating but still hasn’t been given the green light to grip a stick.
And it sounds like they’re going to have to keep waiting.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post reported:
“It’s believed the captain had targeted either this weekend or next week for his return, but that will have to be pushed back following the CT-scan that revealed the finger has not fully healed.
‘It was not good,’ a disappointed Drury said on his way out of the Garden after the Rangers fell 3-1 to the Penguins.”
It’s better to wait than rush back into mediocre, injury-prone form. The Rangers could use their captain on the penalty kill, the power play and on faceoffs. This means Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov have more time to solidify their spots on the first and second lines and make an impact at center though. Until his return, Ryan Callahan will continue doing a fine job leading the Blueshirts.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)