Rangers Practice Report; Paille placed on waivers, McDonagh OUT for tomorrow night
After a much needed day off following back-to-back games with travel, the Rangers were back on the ice this morning prior to Sunday night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings.
In the last game against Toronto, Captain Ryan McDonagh was elbowed in the chin by Leo Komarov, who was suspended for three games. The injury to McDonagh came less than two weeks after he sustained a concussion against the Flyers.
Luckily, McDonagh did not get another concussion, passing the NHL’s protocol test in Toronto and last night as well. The Rangers announced that he had a jaw contusion and a neck spasm, and he will have a CT scan on his jaw later today. He will definitely miss tomorrow’s game against Detroit.
If it was another concussion, that could have been serious trouble for McDonagh. Two in rapid succession is never good for a player’s health, and it could have kept him sidelined for quite some time. The Rangers dodged a bullet here.
If this does wind up being an extensive injury, lasting a week or longer, it means that Keith Yandle isn’t going anywhere. He’ll play with Girardi on the top pairing, and he’s been fantastic lately, currently riding a five game point streak and playing solid defense.
In other roster news, the Rangers placed Daniel Paille on waivers this afternoon. Thank goodness. In 12 games, Paille did pretty much nothing. He didn’t help the PK, he was the worst offensive forward, both at creating chances and driving possession, and he wasn’t that good defensively. It was a bad signing, and it’s time to do something to try and help the fourth line.
The Rangers announced that they would scout tonight’s Hartford Wolf Pack game before announcing a call-up, which will likely be a checking, PK kind of player. I wouldn’t expect Megna to come up again. Ryan Bourque would be a good option. He played well for the Rangers last year, was solid defensively and he’s got some offensive ability. Marek Hrivik has been a solid AHL forward for a while now and could be a good option too.
Alain Vigneault also announced that Rick Nash is still week-to-week with his deep bone bruise, and he has been working out and doing skating drills on his own. His timeframe is still uncertain.
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