NHL Notes

First day of training camp proved to be costly for the New York Rangers who their team captain Chris Drury to a fractured finger. This 11 year veteran who scored 14 goals and 32 points last season was hurt during scrimmage when he attempted to block a shot. “It’s a tough break for him because he was skating well and in great shape,” Rangers teammate Vaclav Prospal said. According to the team Drury who is looking to rebound after posting his worst career statistics will be out for at least a month.

The Ottawa Senators who have high expectations this year suffered a huge blow when on Saturday veteran defenseman Filip Kuba suffered a broken leg in practise and is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks. Apparently the injury occurred when Kuba’s skate found a rut in the ice. “It’s…disappointing for a veteran player that had prepared himself to come back after surgery and then for this to happen,” Murray said. “I guess if it’s going to happen it’s better to happen early.” Last season was also an injury riddled campaign for Kuba who scored three goals and 28 points in only 53 games.

On what was an innocent play the Columbus Blue Jackets lost one of their young up and coming players in defenseman Kris Russell who suffered what is being described as a sprained knee early in practice last Saturday. Apparently Russell who scored seven goals, 22 points in 70 games last season will be out for two to four weeks. The 23 year-old who is entering his fourth season got injured when he tried to jump over Derick Brassard’s leg only to experience what Russell called a ‘tweak’ in his leg. “It was an innocent play,” Blue Jackets rookie coach Scott Arniel said. “He shifted all of his weight from one side and jumped over Brass’ back foot and put all of his weight on his right leg and he felt a little something. He kept going but he obviously knew there was something wrong.”


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