Ryan McDonagh Injury: Updates on Rangers Defenseman's Concussion and Return

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) passes the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh left the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 6 after suffering a concussion during a run-in with forward Wayne Simmonds and missed multiple games. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

McDonagh to Play Versus Blackhawks

Wednesday, Feb. 17

The Rangers confirmed McDonagh will return to the ice against Chicago.

Latest on McDonagh's Recovery

Friday, Feb. 12

Jim Cerny of Blue Shirts United reported McDonagh skated before the team's morning skate ahead of Feb. 12's game against the Los Angeles Kings. 

Vigneault Comments on McDonagh's Status

Tuesday, Feb. 9

"I saw [McDonagh] briefly this morning...no new development there, he is day to day," head coach Alain Vigneault told reporters.

McDonagh Has Emerged as Reliable Presence for Rangers

In his sixth year in the NHL, McDonagh has become one of the most steady defensemen in the league and a true leader for a Rangers team that is a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference.

McDonagh earned the captain's role at the beginning of the 2014-15 season after Ryan Callahan was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning the season before.

He's had a plus rating in each of his six seasons with the Rangers and is capable of sparking the offense as well. McDonagh has seven goals and 19 assists in 52 games this season and has scored as many as 14 goals in a single year (2013-14). 


Stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com.