Defenseman Dan Girardi and forward Brandon Prust both underwent successful surgery, the team announced Friday. Girardi underwent surgery on Thursday to repair his inguinal hernia, while Prust had surgery Friday to repair a labral tear. The team release says that both are expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Girardi, who played through a dislocated finger in Game 5 of the Rangers Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup against the Capitals, plays on the Rangers first defensive line alongside Marc Staal. This season, he had a career-high in assists and points with 27 and 31, respectively. He led the NHL with a career-high 236 blocked shots. Girardi just completed his fourth season with the Blueshirts.
Prust, who’s equally known for gutting out injuries, had the best season of his young career in 2010-11 as he scored a career-high 13 goals, added a career-high 16 assists and total a career-high 29 points. He was one of four Rangers not to miss a game last season and was a critical part of the penalty kill, leading the team with seven shorthanded goals. Prust finished his first full season with the Rangers last season after being traded to New York on Feb. 2, 2010.