Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh broke his right foot in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final, but continued to play through the injury for the remainder of the series. It shouldn’t be a factor once training camp begins.
McDonagh reported in August that he was seeing improvement every day and it had gotten to the point where he was “feeling pretty much 100 percent,” but now it’s not something that even enters his mind on a daily basis.
“It doesn’t get sore after skates and I’m able to do everything I want to do in the weight room training wise, so hopefully in that way it’s in the past now,” McDonagh told the New York Daily News. He also doesn’t require any special treatment after training.
McDonagh has been spending the past week skating with other Rangers players as they get ready for training camp. Over the past four seasons, the Rangers have lost in the Conference finals twice and the Stanley Cup Final once. That has to be a tough pill to swallow, but they can simultaneously take inspiration from the knowledge that they’ve been very close to a championship recently and are in a strong position to make another serious run at the Cup.