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.