Rangers President & General Manger Glen Sather said he does not expect injured center Chris Drury to return this season during a conference call on Monday. Drury, who has missed 41 games this season, has missed the Rangers past 10 games after arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 11.
“He’s a question mark. He’s probably the biggest question mark of all of (the injured players). I don’t think he will be back.”
Drury, in his fourth season with the Rangers, missed the first two games of the season and then fractured his finger on Oct. 15 and missed the Rangers following 29 games. He has just four assists on the season with no goals.
While Sather’s outlook on Drury was bleak, he expects the other sidelined Rangers to make returns at some point this season, including forward Marian Gaborik. Gaborik has missed the Rangers past three games with concussion-like symptoms.
“I met with him today and he said he felt good all day today and he’ll wait to see what he feels like tonight,” Sather said. “He’s been getting some headaches at night but they’ve been less and less and I think he’ll be back before too long.”
Sather added that he doesn’t expect Martin Biron (collerbone) back until the end of the season, Derek Boogaard (concussion) is starting to work out and feel better and will probably return and Marc Staal (knee strain) will return. While Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder) was inactive Sunday against Tampa Bay, he played Friday against Washington.
Said Sather: “I expect all of them to be back at some point in time.”