Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh did not suffer a concussion on Leo Komarov’s headshot Thursday night in Toronto that earned the Leafs forward a three-game suspension from the league, the team said Saturday.
McDonagh, however, is experiencing neck spasms and also has a jaw contusion that kept him out of Saturday’s noon practice in Greenburgh as doctors further evaluated his jaw.
McDonagh passed the concussion test administered to him at Air Canada Centre on Thursday, a relief considering he had just recovered from a Feb. 6 concussion suffered on a sucker-punch by Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.
Simmonds punched him in the right jaw, though, and that’s the same location where Komarov connected with his left elbow. So the Rangers and McDonagh want to make sure it’s only a contusion and nothing more.
The update on McDonagh’s health wasn’t the only news out of practice, though.
Ryan McDonagh passes his concussion test but is unable to practice with the Rangers as a result of Leo Komarov’s headshot on Thursday night.
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton placed veteran forward Daniel Paille on waivers at noon, abandoning a second failed experiment to improve the struggling penalty kill. He also waived offseason signing Jarret Stoll in December.
Think this team misses Carl Hagelin a bit?
It also doesn’t help that Rick Nash (left leg bone bruise), another top penalty killer, is about to miss his 12th straight game. He did not practice Saturday – part of his continued full shut down from workouts – and still has no timetable for a return.
The Blueshirts will host the Detroit Red Wings and ex-Ranger de facto captain Brad Richards on Sunday night at the Garden. Unless McDonagh and rookie Dylan McIlrath both play and Alain Vigneault goes with seven defensemen, the Rangers will have to call up an extra forward at noon.
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