5:15PM: Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday:
- On Ryan McDonagh, "he looked fine. Yesterday I saw him skate on his own with Ciacc and it was his first time. Felt okay for a first time and today was a morning skate. He is coming along. I think a couple of more practice days and he should be on pace for a full recovery."
- Is he possible for Friday, "I would have to wait until he has a real, I don't consider a morning skate to be a real practice. We will have to put him through a normal practice and see how he responds. I'll have a better idea after Thursday's practice."
- "I was on the ice for the first time yesterday and felt a little better today as opposed to the day before. It's starting to feel strong on the ice and doing the things I need to do."
- On making sure he comes back close to 100%, "It had been a while, we were trying to work through it and it started to get worse and impact some other things. Just trying to be smart with the time that we have at this point of the season, not a lot of games in a short amount of time. Team has been playing really well so it has been fun to watch them and play well."
- On being out of the lineup, "it's never fun at any point in your career, any point in the season but you are trying to do the things you need to do so you can be healthy and go out and play the way you need to play and not have something worse happen because you are trying to play through something. That is what the training staff and doctors felt was best. It's never fun, you always want to be able to compete with your teammates but you need to do what is smart to and make sure I can be healthy throughout the season."
- Is Friday realistic, "that is what I am hoping for."
- Did you think about resting earlier, "there was never any point until that last game when the doctors were talking it over and looking at options. We were looking at some stuff during the time I was playing with it and they just thought it was best to let it rest and get away and get close to 100%."
- How much did it impact you on the ice, "at times it felt like you are not able to shoot as well and be as explosive, skating is a big strength of mine. Not having that same explosive first couple of steps, you start thinking and compensating and playing around it and that won't help anything. In that aspect it was time to do something about it."
McDonagh took part in the Rangers morning skate this morning after on his own yesterday. (NYR)
He will miss his fourth straight game tonight.