1/13/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Zibanejad hasn't had any practice time and that he would skate on Friday and Monday and then likely be day to day.
Zibanejad said that he has been feeling good but is taking things day by day and that after a few more skates they will see where things are. (SNY)
1/12/17 | 4:05PM: Zibanejad is skating today in a regular practice jersey. (Brooks)
1/7/17: 6:03PM: Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad and Rick Nash are expected to skate every day or every other day during the bye. (NYR)
Asked if Zibanejad could practice at the end of the week, Vigneault said "he is closing in on that. I wouldn't say Friday or Saturday, he would need a couple of practices in but it might be a possibility depending on how he feels. I know that talking with him the past couple of days he has been feeling real well and skating real well." (NYR)
3PM: Alain Vigneault said that Zibanejad skated on Friday and felt "real good."
He said that when the Rangers return from the bye week it will be nearly 8 weeks since Zibanejad was hurt and he will need some practice tome.
Vigneault said that Zibanejad will need to get his conditioning level up as well as feel good physically and mentally before he can return.
1/2/17 | 12:19PM: Zibanejad is on the ice, in full equipment, before Rangers practice today. (NYR)
12/28/16 | 3:40PM: Alain Vigneault said today, "he is slowly progressing. Walking normal, riding the bike, swimming in the little thing they have here. Progressing, a broken bone is a broken bone and it's going to take 6-8 weeks and a lot of times with that type of injury it's going to be closer to 8. He is coming along fine and working out real hard."
12:24PM: Zibanejad was on the ice today in a tracksuit, helmet and skates. (NYR)
He will travel with the team to Arizona and Colorado because it is the siblings trip.(NYR)
12/23/16 | 11:42AM: Alain Vigneault said on Friday, "that is what you are looking for, you want players to want to come back. You want them to come back 100% but you want them to come back and have that energy and drive. In the short time that Mika played at the start, you can sense that he was feeling more comfortable. Solid two-way player and we are looking forward to getting him back." (NYR)
12/22/16 | 4:05PM: On Mika, Vigneault said on Thursday, "He took that boot off last week, I don't remember exactly what day, but we were at MSG and he rode the bike today, is walking around. He is on schedule and working extremely hard to get back."
2:52PM: Zibanejad spoke to the media on Thursday and said (NYR):
- "Got off the crutches and the boot a couple of days ago. It's nice to progress in your recovery but still only halfway there. Now the rest is ahead of me and I am just excited for every step that goes by."
- On a target return date, "I have, nothing I would tell any of you guys anyway. I can't really give a timetable. It's been four weeks, that is all I can say and it's heading toward the right direction. I'm not sure what the next step is but just happy to be out of the crutches and the boot."
- You seem happier without the boot, "obviously. That was the first big step in the recovery to get rid of that. For that to happen everything has to look promising and that is a sign of it. Just one of those things where I am happy to be rid of it and walking around."
12/22/16 | 1:38PM: Zibanejad was on the ice shooting pucks today in sneakers, shorts and a t-shirt.
12/21/16 | 11:08AM: Zibanejad posted on Instagram last night that he no longer needs crutches or a boot and that he took his dogs out for a walk before watching yesterday's game.
12/20/16 | 3:06PM: Zibanejad is on target for a mid-January return. (NY Post)
In the picture Zibanejad's injured left foot is still in a boot.
Zibanejad's message in the post says that he is "Just itching to get back! #cantwait #rangers #lgr"
Zibanejad broke his left fibula against the Panthers on 11/20 and the Rangers aid that he would be out 6-8 weeks. It will be 4 weeks since the injury this coming Sunday.