Author: Mike Halford

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

Rangers captain McDonagh (broken foot) feeling ‘100 percent’


Looks like the broken foot Ryan McDonagh suffered during the Eastern Conference Final won’t affect him heading into next season.

“It’s safe to say it’s getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now,” the Rangers captain told “We said June 1 was the starting date, so we’re more than two-and-a-half months in. I’m back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping.

“I’m really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp.”

McDonagh broke the foot during Game 4 of the Lightning series but continued to play (though he did miss the start of Game 7, as trainers worked to get his foot feeling right in his skate.) Team doctors decided against surgery at the end of the year, opting instead for the walking-boot-and-crutches approach.

McDonagh got rid of the crutches and boot in July, and began skating on Aug. 1. Per, his plan is to return to New York on Sept. 1 — he’s currently at his home in Minnesota — and spend some time prepping in the Big Apple prior to training camp.

Boedker open to staying with Coyotes, but ‘it’s their turn to show what I mean to the team’

Mikkel Boedker

After failing to agree to a long-term pact, Arizona and Mikkel Boedker agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal in early July. The deal allowed the two sides to avoid arbitration and extend their relationship — but it remains to be seen if Boedker will remain with the Coyotes beyond this season.

“I’m open for anything,” the Danish speedster told Fox Sports Arizona this week. “It obviously puts a lot of pressure on me this season but I think it’s their turn to show what I mean to the team.

“In some ways, it will be interesting to see, but I have to perform on the ice.”

According to agent Jarret Bousquet, Boedker, 25, was hesitant to sign long-term because of the constant uncertainty of the Coyotes’ future in Glendale.  Bousquet also suggested that Boedker could score as high as $5 million annually on the open market as a UFA, which could be why the camp was content to ink a one-year pact (Boedker will be a UFA when this current deal expires).

The expectations are for Boedker to reach new offensive highs this year, especially after a good ’14-15 campaign in which he scored 14 goals and 28 points in 45 games, missing the second half of the season with a ruptured spleen.

Should he post big numbers, an equally big payday could be in his future.

The Coyotes can begin to negotiate an extension with Boedker in January.

McDavid, Eichel headline NHLPA Rookie Showcase

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

This year’s NHLPA Rookie Showcase won’t be lacking star power.

The top two picks at this year’s entry draft — Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel — will be in attendance, along with 38 other prospects that’ll descend upon Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 1 for photo ops and media availability.

The list of invitees, per the players’ union:

Connor McDavid (Oilers), Jack Eichel (Sabres), Dylan Strome (Coyotes), Mitch Marner (Maple Leafs), Noah Hanifin (Hurricanes), Ivan Barbashev (Blues), Chris Bigras (Avalanche), Oliver Bjorkstrand (Blue Jackets), Madison Bowey (Capitals), Connor Brown (Maple Leafs), Michael Dal Colle (Islanders), Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets), Robby Fabbri (Blues), Zach Fucale (Canadiens), Nikolay Goldobin (Sharks), Ryan Hartman (Blackhawks), Connor Hellebuyck (Jets), Julius Honka (Stars), Kasperi Kapanen (Maple Leafs), Ronalds Kenins (Canucks), Slater Koekkoek (Lightning), Dylan Larkin (Red Wings), Sonny Milano (Blue Jackets), Samuel Morin (Flyers), Mike Matheson (Panthers), Michael McCarron (Canadiens), Josh Morrissey (Jets), Brendan Perlini (Coyotes), Nic Petan (Jets), Emile Poirier (Flames), Shane Prince (Senators), Ryan Pulock (Islanders), John Quenneville (Devils), Mike Reilly (Wild), Nick Ritchie (Ducks), Travis Sanheim (Flyers), Mackenzie Skapski (Rangers), Brady Skjei (Rangers), Shea Theodore (Ducks) and Jake Virtanen (Canucks).

This will mark the seventh year the PA has gathered rookies for its annual event. Last year’s Rookie Showcase featured 33 players, including Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad and fellow finalist Johnny Gaudreau.