Starting with McDonagh, who suffered a crushing hit Saturday afternoon courtesy of Andrew Ference, in the Ranger’s 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins. Ference was given a three-game suspension following the hit.
McDonagh said he will play tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden, the team’s last game before the All-Star break.
Sauer, who has been out of the lineup sine Dec. 5 suffering from a concussion, didn’t take part in practice today for the third straight day. He practiced last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Rammer (trainer Jim Ramsey) backed him off,” head coach John Tortorella said. “He hasn’t really felt that great after a couple of days on the ice.”
Steve Eminger, who has been out of the lineup since Dec. 17 with a separated shoulder, was cleared for contact today. Although he was pleased with the development, he said he was still a few weeks away from getting back into the lineup.
Obviously good news for both McDonagh and Eminger, but not good for Sauer. I didn’t think McDonagh’s head took the brunt of the collision, but I did see him missing Tuesdays’s game. Eminger is still a few weeks off, but good news of course.
More frustration for Sauer. After the great rookie season, this season has definitely been a disappointment. Hopefully it doesn’t snow-ball much more, and he returns to action this season. It could force the Rangers’ hand to acquire another defenseman at the trade deadline.
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