GREAT NEWS! Captain Ryan McDonagh back at FULL practice
Ryan McDonagh was on the ice today in a contact jersey and looks closer to a return. Rangers’ beat writers on the scene tweeted out the following:
Ryan McDonagh practicing with the Rangers wearing a normal jersey today here in Tampa. Sporting a quality stache, too #NYR
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 25, 2014
McDonagh taking part in all drills and contact…skating as extra d-man paired with extra forward Lee Stempniak #NYR
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 25, 2014
This is great news as it looks like he could be eyeing a return this weekend. So far he’s missed 10 games due to the shoulder injury and the Rangers did their best to hold their heads above water going 4-3-3.
The Rangers blueline was being manned by AHL talent in Matt Hunwick, Mike Kostka, Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath. Things were so bad that the Rangers thought about signing out-of-work defenseman, Tomas Kaberle. They also signed NJ Devils refugee Henrik Tallinder to a PTO in Hartford this week.
When McDonagh does return, it will be the first time since game 1 of the season that the Rangers will have their top 6 defensemen together.