Rangers defensemen Staal, Girardi have ankle surgery

NEW YORK (AP) Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi have had ankle surgery, and the team says they should be ready for training camp.

Both played throughout the playoffs, which ended with a Game 7 loss last week to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. New York did not announce that either was injured while the team was playing.

Staal had a bone chip removed; Girardi had a bursa excision. The team on Friday did not say which ankle was operated on for either player.

Girardi played all 82 regular-season games, tying him with Brian Leetch for the most seasons doing so. He tied for sixth in the NHL with 184 blocked shots.

Staal played 80 regular-season games and had a plus-18 rating, the best of his career.

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