New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was told by doctors Monday he will not need surgery on his broken right foot, the (N.Y.) Daily News reported.
McDonagh was wearing a walking boot while being honored at the Burke Rehabilitation Center's Centennial dinner in New York on Tuesday, but doctors have told him his bone is healing fine. He is expected to wear the boot for another 1-2 weeks.
"We contemplated [surgery] and we thought the best route was the bones were lined up enough, they said it was an acceptable alignment, I guess, where they didn't need to do surgery," McDonagh said, according to the newspaper. "So that was a crucial part of these last two weeks to make sure the [bones] stayed forming straight, I guess, and I obviously have to continue to be cautious for another week or two and hopefully get going."
McDonagh was injured during a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the series in seven games. McDonagh played through the injury; he received 17:33 of ice time in Game 7, the bulk of which was played over the final two periods of the 2-0 loss at Madison Square Garden.
He has spent the majority of his recovery at home in Minnesota.
"I think the big issue they were talking about [if I had surgery] was the plates on the foot might be a little bit painful during the season next year being in the skates," McDonagh said. "You want to avoid surgery at all costs, but that was another issue they were contemplating.
"Yeah, we could get the bone to line up perfectly [with surgery], but then you're gonna be dealing with pain throughout the season, then after the season have to get them taken out again and rest another three or four weeks after that [second] surgery."
McDonagh, the Rangers captain, had eight goals and 25 assists in 71 regular-season games and three goals and nine assists in 19 playoff games.
New York won the Presidents' Trophy with 113 points during the regular season but fell short in its bid to return to the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh said he didn't watch the first few games of the Final; the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Lightning to win the Cup for the third time in the past six seasons.
"You play all season, 10 months, to try and get yourself that opportunity," McDonagh said. "We were pretty close in Game 7 from that opportunity. It puts a hunger in your belly right away that you want to get back to training and get back with your group in the locker room and work towards making the playoffs and another deep run."