Following the New York Rangers’ Eastern Conference Final loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning it was revealed that Ryan McDonagh was playing on a broken right foot.
On Tuesday the defenseman updated his status with Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
“We contemplated (surgery) and we thought the best route was the bones were lined up enough, they said it was an acceptable alignment, I guess, where they didn’t need to do surgery,” McDonagh said. “So that was a crucial part of these last two weeks to make sure the (bones) stayed forming straight I guess, and I obviously have to continue to be cautious for another week or two and hopefully get going.”
Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault said his captain was playing through the injury “for a couple of games” following New York’s Game 7 loss to the Bolts.
The 26-year-old scored three goals and nine points while averaging 23:31 in 19 playoff games.
He missed the first half of the first period in Game 7 waiting for the freezing to “kick in”.
“I think the big issue they were talking about (if I had surgery) was the plates on the foot might be a little bit painful during the season next year being in the skates,” McDonagh said. “You want to avoid surgery at all costs, but that was another issue they were contemplating – yeah, we could get the bone to line up perfectly (with surgery), but then you’re gonna be dealing with pain throughout the season, then after the season have to get them taken out again and rest another three or four weeks after that (second) surgery.”
Related: Rangers’ Zuccarello to participate in charity hockey game
There’s good news on the injury front for the New York Rangers.
Forward Mats Zuccarello, who suffered a brain contusion and scull fracture after taking a Ryan McDonagh shot to the head in Game 5 of the Rangers’ first round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is healthy enough to participate in a charity game in his native Norway.
Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin are also reportedly taking part in the game on June 19 according to the New York Post.
It’ll mark Zuccarello’s first game action of any kind since April 24.
The 27-year-old began skating with his teammates on May 18, but was never cleared for contact.
Zuccarello scored 15 goals and 49 points in 78 games during the 2014-15 season and added two assists in five playoff games.
His new four-year, $18 million contract begins next season.
Related: Rangers announce Staal, Girardi underwent successful ankle surgeries
One-third of the New York Rangers defense went under the knife this week, as blueliners Marc Staal and Dan Girardi both had successful ankle surgeries.
Staal’s was to repair a hairline fracture and bone chip, while Girardi had a bursa excision to remove fluid. Both are expected to recover fully over the summer, and be ready for training camp in the fall.
Staal and Girardi weren’t the only two New York d-man playing hurt this postseason. Captain Ryan McDonagh suffered a broken foot in the Eastern Conference Final, Keith Yandle had a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and Kevin Klein missed the entire first round recovering from a broken arm during the regular season.
Up front, winger Mats Zuccarello suffered a skull fracture and brain contusion during the opening round against Pittsburgh, and missed the remainder of the playoffs.
The New York Rangers defense was anything but healthy by the time Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final rolled around. While injury information is a closely guarded secret during the playoffs, now that the Rangers’ run is over, the team is willing to open up about what they were battling through.
Marc Staal played in all 19 postseason games despite suffering a hairline fracture in his ankle near the end of the regular season. He logged 20:40 minutes per game in the playoffs, but finished with just one assist and a team-worst minus-eight rating, per the Bergen Record.
Ryan McDonagh also played with a fractured bone as he injured his right foot during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. He logged 17:33 minutes in the final contest of that series.
Blueliners Dan Girardi and Keith Yandle suffered a grade 1 MCL and a shoulder sprain respectively. Girardi was injured in Game 4 versus the Lightning, but Yandle’s been hurt since Game 2 of the first round.
Yandle led all Rangers defensemen with 11 points in 19 contests. He also posted a plus-seven rating and averaged 18:00 minutes. Girardi finished second on the team in ice time with an average of 21:37 minutes per game.
With the New York Rangers eliminated, they’ve revealed the extent of the injuries they suffered, including the seriousness of Mats Zuccarello’s condition. He suffered a brain contusion and small skull fracture and it left him temporarily unable to speak. He remains in speech therapy, per the The Record’s Andrew Gross.
That stems from Game 5 of the first round when Zuccarello was struck in the head by a shot from teammate Ryan McDonagh. He was able to skate off the ice on his own strength.
The good news is that his doctors have informed Zuccarello that he will be able to play next season. In fact, Zuccarello thinks that he might have even been able to participate in the Stanley Cup Final, although it sounds like the odds of that happening weren’t great.
Zuccarello resumed skating on May 18. He also started traveling with the team prior to that.
He’ll begin a four-year, $18 million contract in 2015-16.