Rangers' McDonagh Played Through Broken Foot
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Coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged after the Rangers' Game 7 loss to the Lightning that Ryan McDonagh
played the final couple games of the series with a broken right foot.
It likely would have taken nothing less than a broken foot for the Rangers captain not to be on the ice in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he clearly wasn't himself in the last three games. After tallying a goal and assist in Game 4, Ryan McDonagh
failed to get on the score sheet and mustered only one shot on goal in Games 5 through 7. Additionally, he skated fewer than 22 minutes in each of the last three contests, well below his postseason average of 23:51 TOI.
Rangers' Zuccarello Practices Without Contact
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News: Mats Zuccarello
(upper body) briefly joined the Rangers during the non-contact portion of Thursday's practice, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
As soon as coach Alain Vigneault blew the whistle for the start of full-contact work, Mats Zuccarello
left the ice, suggesting that he's not a candidate to play during Friday's Game 7 against the Lightning. Zuccarello could receive clearance to take contact in the coming days, and should have a decent shot at reentering the lineup in the Stanley Cup Finals if the Rangers are able to advance.
Caps' Backstrom Undergoes Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
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News: Nicklas Backstrom
underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday afternoon, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
The Capitals are optimistic that Nicklas Backstrom
will make a full recovery and be back to 100 percent health by the start of the 2015-16 regular season. Backstrom didn't indicate during his exit interview following the second round of the playoffs that he had been nursing any sort of injury, but perhaps he elected to get out ahead of the hip issue before it became a recurring problem. Backstrom's recently completed season was a near mirror image of 2013-14, as he finished with the same goal total (18) and one fewer assist (60) while playing all 82 games for the second straight year.
News: Lubomir Visnovsky
's agent has refuted a report that his client will sign to play in Europe next season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Perhaps Lubomir Visnovsky
has had a change of heart about leaving the best league in the world or perhaps this is just a negotiating ploy. Either way it would still seem unlikely that the Isles would be interested in his services as they have quite a few young players in their pipeline that deserve the playing time and don't have anywhere near the injury history of Visnovsky.
News: Michael Grabner
has had hernia surgery this off-season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
This is the second hernia surgery Michael Grabner
will have undergone since the start of the 2014-15 season. Grabner was a constant scratch this season whether healthy or not as he just seemed to be constantly in coach Jack Capuano's doghouse. The coming season will likely be his last in an Islanders uniform.
Van Riemsdyk (wrist) will not enter the lineup for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
While it appears coach Joel Quenneville will adjust his defensive ranks with the Blackhawks facing elimination, it's David Rundblad -- not Trevor van Riemsdyk
-- that is in line to replace the struggling Kimmo Timonen. Though van Riemsdyk is probably the more talented of the two players, it's still risky to the throw him back in the lineup after he's barely seen any competitive action over the last six months. He'll continue to work out with the team over the next few days, but don't count on van Riemsdyk warranting consideration for playing until perhaps the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Jacob De La Rose
underwent wrist surgery Wednesday and is expected to be out for three months.
That timetable should have Jacob De La Rose
ready to go for the start of training camp. The 20-year-old only generated four goals and six points over 33 games with the Canadiens and he's probably several more years away before emerging as a major asset in the fantasy realm.
Hawks' Johns Enters Summer With Broken Forearm
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News: Stephen Johns
said he suffered a broken forearm while skating for AHL Rockford in Sunday's season-ending playoff loss, CBS Chicago reports.
Analysis: Stephen Johns
was considered a potential candidate to receive a call-up to the Blackhawks during their Western Conference Final series with the Ducks, but the injury will end those hopes. The 23-year-old is expected to require four-to-six weeks of recovery time -- yet another setback during a season in which Johns missed time due to a concussion and knee injury. The blueliner should be back at full strength by training camp.
Habs' Beaulieu Suffered Fractured Sternum
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News: Nathan Beaulieu
suffered a fractured sternum in Game 3 against the Senators, the team revealed Thursday, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
The team simply called it an "upper body injury" for the duration of the playoffs, but it caused Nathan Beaulieu
to miss seven games. He returned to play two games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and it's unclear whether the injury will require offseason surgery.
Coyotes' Boedker (Stomach) Will Be Ready For Camp
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News: Mikkel Boedker
(stomach) confirmed Tuesday that he anticipates being ready for training camp in September.
In a blog post he penned for the team's website, Mikkel Boedker
indicated that he's progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured spleen. "I'm feeling good and a lot stronger than just a few weeks ago," Boedker said. "My rehab and workouts are going well. I'm not quite there yet but I'll get there. I'm about five pounds short of reaching my target weight so it's not a big deal." Boedker went on to confirm that he'll be "100 percent ready" for training camp and said that he plans to "skate as much as I can this summer."