New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has resumed his normal training regimen after suffering a broken foot in the playoffs and believes the injury will not affect him in training camp or the new season.
"It's safe to say it's getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now," McDonagh told NHL.com on Wednesday. "We said June 1 was the starting date, so we're more than two-and-a-half months in. I'm back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping.
"I'm really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp."
McDonagh suffered the broken foot in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay and continued playing until the Rangers were eliminated in Game 7.
The veteran defenseman did not undergo surgery and the decision appears to have paid off.
McDonagh and defensive partner Dan Girardi have long been a thorn in the Capitals' side, often matching up very effectively against Alexander Ovechkin. The Capitals have been eliminated by the Rangers in their last three visits to the postseason and each time, Ovechkin struggled to produce at the rate we've become accustomed to from the Great 8. In the last three series against the Rangers, Ovechkin has been held to seven goals and three assists in 21 games well below his .97 points per game playoff average.
With an improved roster thanks to the additions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams, the Caps hope to challenge the Rangers for Metropolitan Divison supremacy this year, but that quest will be that much harder with the Blueshirts' captain back at 100 percent.