Prospal undergoes knee surgery

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, Last Updated: 3:42 PM ET

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers left wing Vinny Prospal underwent successful right knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Feldman at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.

Prospal, 35, has been out since experiencing pain and swelling in the knee that caused him to miss the entire preseason. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure on the same knee in late December that shelved him for seven contests.

The Rangers are already thin at the forward position as Marian Gaborik is expected to miss as many as three weeks with a separated shoulder, while captain Chris Drury has a broken finger and will be out for up to six weeks. Both injuries occurred in the Rangers' home-opening 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Friday.

Prospal had 20 goals and 38 assists in 75 games last season for the Rangers.


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