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McDonagh (upper body) travels with Rangers to Colorado

Apr 2, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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Some good news for the Rangers regarding Ryan McDonagh — after exiting last night’s win in Vancouver with his left arm in a sling, McDonagh traveled with the team to Colorado for Thursday night’s game, rather than head back to New York for further evaluation.

Here’s more, from the Bergen Record:

If, as expected, McDonagh is unable to play [Thursday vs. Avalanche] , John Moore will return to the lineup after suffering concussion symptoms in 3-1 win at Columbus on March 21. Moore resumed skating five days later and has been practicing with the team since.

Alain Vigneault said in Vancouver Moore needed one more practice and then it would be a coach’s decision when to reinsert him into the lineup. McDonagh’s injury makes the coach’s decision part of it moot.

McDonagh’s injury occurred late in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory, coming on a hit from Canucks forward Alex Burrows. The Rangers defenseman appeared to be in significant pain while lying on the ice, and Burrows was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit.

New York can ill afford to lose McDonagh, so it’s telling that the team is comfortable with him traveling to Colorado rather than returning home (the Rangers won’t get back to New York until Friday.) The New York Post reports there is no structural damage to McDonagh’s shoulder.

McDonagh’s in the midst of an outstanding campaign, posting career highs in goals (14), assists (29), points (43) and TOI per game (25:49).

  1. cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Well, that’s a little weight off my chest. Hopefully they rest him in CO, and he’s ready for the weekend’s festivities.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    McDonagh (upper body) travels with Rangers to Colorado

    Hope he takes his lower body with him.

    (Sorry. I’m a little punchy, and thereby silly, this afternoon.)

    • 7mantel - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      that is funny !

    • homieshome - Apr 3, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      What’d you think, they were gonna cut him in half? IDIOT

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        IDIOT

        backatcha!

      • homieshome - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        lol wanna smell my butt?

  3. stepanup - Apr 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    And exhale… Would certainly like him against Colorado and their speed but whatever, so long as he’s ready to go against Philly in round 1.

  4. rpiotr01 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Knew he was going to be a good player but he actually looks to be on the cusp of competing for the Norris in the next few years.

    • gaborik1989 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      The Rangers could ill afford to lose him for any time during the playoffs. Big sigh of relief from all NYR fans….

      Great article on McDonagh’s progression since he broke into the league here: http://nyrcenterice.com/evolution-ryan-mcdonagh/

    • heyheynyr - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      The way he’s been playing this year he probably deserves some norris consideration. He has an incredible all around game

  5. villi5ed - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Not saying he should win the Norris outright — paging Duncan K. from the Second City, for example — but if McD isn’t in the final three? “No justice, no peace!”

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