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Injury Update: Rozsival and Drury; Stepan To Hartford?

The banged up Rangers got some good news yesterday, despite the loss to the Bruins. Chris Drury, who has been out for pretty much the entire season with a broken finger, began skating again, and his timetable for a return is 2-3 weeks. The inevitable return of Drury poses an interesting question for the Rangers: Who gets scratched? The rotation of Todd White/Derek Boogaard on the fourth line is actually working out, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see White stay. To be perfectly honest, I believe that once Drury returns, Derek Stepan will be sent to Hartford. It is no slight against the kid, but there is no point keeping him with the Rangers if he is going to be playing fourth line minutes. I believe he is still with the club only because the Rangers are so decimated by injuries.

As for Michal Rozsival, who has been out for the past week with a knee injury, his return is slated for next week. Steve Eminger has played very, very well in Rozsival’s absence, bringing a physical game to those playing 20 minutes each contest. If he continues this when Rozsival returns, while presumably being paired with Michael Sauer, then the Rangers defense will be much improved. Unfortunately it looks like Matt Gilroy, who seems to have lost his way in NY (and might benefit from a trade), will be the odd man out when Rozsival returns.

3 Responses to “Injury Update: Rozsival and Drury; Stepan To Hartford?”

  1. Jurgenno88 says:

    Rosy back will make the club better. Its exciting to think how well they have done in the past 10 days with an important player missing.
    I also think Stepan will go down and its not an issue for me. Both the kid (tons of minutes) and Hartford (much needed skill) should benefit.

  2. Canyon of Blueshirts says:

    Respectfully disagree sir.

    If a decision needs to be made b/w stepan and christensen right now, its EC who will be the odd man out. Torts trusts Stepan. He’s put him out in the final minutes of close games and he finishes games on the top line. He’s also not a defensive liability and despite his offensive slide (that he seems to be recovering from) and has not looked out of place. Stepan is the future of the organization, christensen is a guy who doesn’t have the mental fortitude to stick top 6 minutes in the NHL.

  3. Blue-Toe says:

    Sorry, Dave, I gotta agree with canyon on this one. I think Stepan stays, and gets more time on the 1st line. Knowing Torts, EC already lost his trust, and probably no way to win it back.