According to multiple reports from the morning skate, Alain Vigneault provided an update on Ryan McDonagh, and the results were very promising. Vigneault noted that as of right now, McDonagh is considered "day to day", and that it shouldn't be long before he returns to the lineup. After hearing that, everyone who was concerned about his status can take a take a big deep breath. The Rangers managed to dodge a major bullet on this one, as heading into the playoffs without a healthy Ryan McDonagh would have been catastrophic.
With the Rangers only needing three more points to clinch a playoff berth, this is kind of a blessing in disguise for McDonagh. By the time the playoffs roll around, McDonagh will be well rested, and will allow him to return to the level of play he was at prior to the injury.
Another interesting note from the morning skate was Vigneault explaining the demotion of J.T. Miller. There were some pretty strong words tossed across the table by the coach, and it's definitely something to keep an eye on heading forward. This obviously explains the sudden demotion of J.T. Miller yesterday afternoon.
Vigneault says JT Miller has to "figure it out" and show more "commitment." If he does, good. If not, "he’ll be a good minor-leaguer"— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) April 3, 2014
Word Vigneault used as to what Miller needs is "commitment," as in more both on the ice and off the ice.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) April 3, 2014