Hankinson is McDonagh’s agent.
10:57AM: Pat Leonard tweets that the injury to McDonagh is not believed to be serious
10:09AM: Bary’s Astana, the KHL team that Ryan McDonagh plays for released this statement saying that McDonagh is leaving the team for a little while to return to America because of family issues and to deal with an injury.
“Defender HC “Barys” Ryan McDonagh to recess in December League games went home to the U.S. for family reasons, and also because of the need to treat an injury.”
McDonagh played 19:03 against Malkin over the weekend.
Note: There is no concrete evidence suggesting that Malkin injured McDonagh. This is the picture that is being used in news stories though. There has been no further info about what McDonagh injured or the extent of it.
In the NY Times, Jeff Klein exchanged emails with Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh who is playing in the KHL for Barys.
McDonagh told Klein that his head coach doesn’t speak English but that the team’s goalie coach is always around the non-Russian players to translate what the coach is saying. He noted that the language barrier hasn’t been as tough as he thought it would be.
On his time in Kazakhstan, McDonagh said “The experience has been better than I expected it to be. Astana is a great place and the Barys team has treated me very well. The atmosphere of the games is great — the crowd is always chanting and beating drums. The group of guys on the team all get along well and play hard for each other. That’s all you can ask for when you’re joining a team in the situation like I did.”
As of yesterday, McDonagh ranked 22nd in the league in ice time for defensemen.
Game by game, McDonagh has played:
MSG will televise McDonagh’s game at 1PM and replay it at 8PM.
THIS SECTION is all about McDonagh’s time in the KHL including highlights and pictures.
MSG has announced that they will show two KHL games this month.
The games are this Friday at 1 PM, (Dinamo Minsk vs Barys Astana) and Wednesday October 31 (SKA. St. Petersburg vs Dinamo Riga.)
John Giannone and Joe Micheletti will call the games from the MSG Studios.
Barys is the team that Ryan McDonagh plays for.
Petr Prucha and Ilya Kovalchuk play for St. Petersburg.
In an interview with a paper in Kazakhstan, Ryan McDonagh was asked how long he thinks the lockout would last.
McDonagh responded by saying, “it’s hard to say, but I remain optimistic. Continue to believe that the union and the league will soon agree. But until that happens, I am part of “ Barys “and I want to bring this team the most good.”
When asked if he was concerned with being injured while playing in the KHL, McDonagh said “I do not think about it. More important for me to prepare well for the games and get in shape. Stay here – it is a unique experience for me.”