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Blueshirts Beat: Honors and Healing For Mac and Zucc

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

Congratulations to Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, who was recognized Tuesday night at the Burke Rehabilitation Center's Centennial Dinner for his off-ice charity work. Like so many of his teammates, there is so much Mac Truck does without seeking any publicity from an off-ice point of view. Kudos to him for the well-deserved honor.

Earlier in the week there was some real good news on the health front for McDonagh, too. While back in New York to receive his award, McDonagh visited the doctor Monday and found out the broken bone in his foot is healing properly and he will not require surgery--one in which plates and screws would have had to been used to fuse the bone. That is a big relief to McDonagh, and for the organization, as well, because as Mac Truck noted last night it's best to avoid any kind of surgery if at all possible.

McDonagh is expected to be in a walking boot for another two weeks, though he has been cleared to begin upper-body workouts. He will be 100 percent by time training camp rolls around in September, as will fellow defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, who both underwent procedures on their respective ankles earlier in the month.

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Speaking of recovering, Mats Zuccarello is getting better by the day. The top-six Blueshirts forward, who spent three days in the hospital and then missed the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after suffering a brain contusion when struck by a McDonagh slap shot in Game Five of the team's opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, will play in a charity game later this week in his native Norway.

The contest will take place Friday at DNB Arena in Stavenger, Norway; and Zuccarello will be supported by his good friends, and Rangers teammates, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, who will also play in the charity game.

Zuccarello was also recently named to be an ambassador for the 2016 Youth Olympics in Lillehammer.

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The NHL Draft takes place in Sunrise, FL next Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, and as per usual we will be all over all things Rangers. Look for our extended chat session with Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton and the team's Director, Player Development Gordie Clark prior to the draft, as well as interviews, videos, photos, and written articles here on BlueshirtsUnited.com and the team's social platforms like Twitter and Instagram. We will also have a few surprises in store, as well.

Stay Tuned!

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