Ryan McDonagh now healthy and ‘comfortable’ being captain

5/16/15 - Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 - New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) checking Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24), during the 3rd period.

By Howie Kussoy

When Ryan McDonagh last appeared with the Rangers, the defenseman was dragging himself up and down the ice at Madison Square Garden, playing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on a broken right foot.

After an offseason spent largely in a walking boot at his home in Minnesota, the captain still feels the “sting” of falling short of the Stanley Cup, but no longer feels any pain from the late-season injury. Having healed without surgery, McDonagh can now skate without limitations or lingering thoughts of the injury.

“It’s good. It feels pretty much normal now,” McDonagh said Monday at the U.S. Open, where he worked with children on promoting multi-sport participation. “Not even really thinking about it on a daily basis, so it’s nice. It doesn’t get sore after skates and I’m able to do everything I want to do in the weight room training-wise, so hopefully it’s in the past now.”

McDonagh has been skating the past week with roughly 15 teammates and said he hasn’t needed additional treatment on his foot following the sessions.

Feeling comfortable again back on the ice, the 26-year-old also noted a new confidence being with the team, entering his second season as captain.

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