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Rozsival to miss preseason after knee surgery

NEW YORK -- Michal Rozsival, one of the Rangers' top
defensemen last season, underwent surgery on his right knee
Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the
preseason.

Rozsival will be out of action for two weeks, but should be back
in time for New York's season opener on Oct. 5.

There was no specific cause for the torn cartilage in Rozsival's
knee but an MRI revealed the damage to the medial meniscus.

The 27-year-old Rozsival played in all 82 games last season with
the Rangers, pairing with Marek Malik on defense.

Rozsival had five goals, 25 assists and tied for the NHL lead
with a plus-35 rating.