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McDonagh ‘pretty confident’ he’ll be back before playoffs

Apr 4, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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Breathe easy, Rangers fans — your star defenseman sounds like he’ll be ready for the postseason.

“I’m pretty confident that I will be [back before the playoffs],” Ryan McDonagh told the New York Daily News. “That’s my goal. I wish I could be out there right now, but hopefully I get a chance to get back in soon.”

McDonagh, who suffered an upper-body injury on Tuesday in Vancouver, left Rogers Arena with his arm in a sling and didn’t dress for the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout loss in Colorado last night. New York has said McDonagh didn’t suffer any structural damage, though, and will continue to keep him off the ice (and out of the gym) so the ailment can be “calmed down.”

The only question now, it seems, is if McDonagh will get to play in another game before the end of the regular season. The Rangers have four remaining — Saturday versus Ottawa, Tuesday versus Carolina, Thursday versus Buffalo and Saturday at Montreal — and it’s possible he could draw back in for the finale, just to get a bit of game action prior to the start of the postseason.

“I’m gonna play as soon as I can and as soon as I feel confident to play the way I need to play on the ice,” McDonagh said. “I don’t care if we’ve clinched or not.

“Timing wise it’s going to be a lot different at the next stage we’re hopefully going to be at. So I want to get back out there, I want to play and help the guys.”

  1. hockey412 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    LAZY BUM!

    Just kidding NYR fans – good guy, hope he’s back in time for the playoffs. His comments make it sound like he thinks like a Captain should be thinking.

  2. xdj511 - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    It’s good that he sounds like he won’t be out too long. The Rangers have a fairly easy schedule and I believe a magic number of two to clinch a playoff spot, so a scenario where they have to rush him back to save their playoff hopes is unlikely. I hope he’ll be 100% by next Saturday at least.

    hockey412 – The Rangers’ next captain is an interesting question. They have three alternates. I can’t really see it going to Richards even if they don’t buy him out this summer. If Staal is signed to an extension this summer I could see them naming him captain when they announce the signing. Girardi is a great d-man but he seems like a quiet guy and I can’t imagine him thriving as a captain in New York. Nash was captain in Columbus but that was because he was the marquee player on that team and I can’t see him becoming captain of the Rangers. St. Louis probably only has one season left. McDonagh may be captain of the Rangers someday, but probably not next season.

    • 7mantel - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      You make a lot good points but as you look at the list of players you mentioned McDonagh might be named captain,after the season.Would they name Staal or Nash then give the title to Mcdonagh or do you think they would keep it the way they have since Callahan was traded ?

      • schneider99 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I think Mac, Staal and Girardi would all be good choices for captain; however, I feel that the fact that Messier, Nash and Richards supposedly gave their support to McDonagh could push him over the top.

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