Rangers general manager Glen Sather said Tuesday that defenseman Ryan McDonagh is not expected to play in the NHL’s final exhibition game on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
McDonagh has not played since injuring his left hand on Feb. 18, and Sather indicated that McDonah could miss the rest of the season.
The Rangers have three more games left before the NHL regular season wraps up, and they’re on pace for 51 points.
“We’re hoping for a strong performance from Ryan and his conditioning,” Sather told the media.
“We’ll see how he’s doing on Thursday.”
McDonald, a 24-year-old defenseman, was injured on a shot on goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He left the game with a concussion and is not returning to the lineup.
After the game, McDonagh was asked about the injury and said, “I don’t think it’s a major concern, I think it was just an unfortunate accident.”
“It’s just unfortunate that I got injured on that shot,” McDonas said.
“I was trying to make a play.
I was trying not to get hit.”
Sather was asked if the Rangers would consider signing McDonal to a long-term contract.
“No, I don’t,” Suthather said.