Blues captain Drake done for year with broken ribs

Updated: March 31, 2006, 8:36 AM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues' captain has gone down with the ship.

In the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the Blues announced Thursday that captain Dallas Drake will miss the rest of the season with a pair of broken ribs and torn cartilage.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM G A PTS +/- PIM
62 2.0 24.0 26.0 -13 59

Drake suffered the injury in a 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday at Chicago, the Blues' eighth straight defeat. The 37-year-old right wing had just two goals and 24 assists in 62 games this season.

St. Louis (20-38-13) already is eliminated from playoff contention, ending the team's 25-year run of postseason appearances.

Drake's injury is the latest setback for the Blues, who also are without rookie goaltender Curtis Sanford (knee) and defensemen Barret Jackman (jaw) and Eric Brewer (shoulder), three of nine players currently on injured reserve.

A sixth-round pick of Detroit in 1989, Drake has recorded 168 goals and 291 assists in 884 games with the Red Wings, the Coyotes and the Blues.

In a related moved, St. Louis recalled right wing Jon Disalvatore from Peoria of the American Hockey League. The 25-year-old appeared in five games with the Blues earlier this season, recording three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating.

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