McIlrath finalized a new one-year, $800,000 deal with New York on Friday. As a restricted free agent, McIlrath was set to have an arbitration hearing before reaching an agreement with the team. The blueliner struggled for consistent ice time both as a healthy scratch and due to injuries and was only able to play in 34 contests. The 24-year-old's biggest contributions in terms of fantasy have come as a frequent visitor to the Sin Bin as he logged 64 PIM, just under two minutes per game.
McIlrath has been cleared to play from a health standpoint; however, it's up to the coach as to when he draws back into the lineup, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. McIlrath, who's had a history of knee injuries, took a spill against the Islanders at the beginning of March and hasn't played since. The big defenseman still lacks some of the polish the Rangers need on the blue line, but the 6'5" stay-at-home defenseman has a bright future ahead of him.
Coach Alain Vigneault labeled McIlrath (knee) as day-to-day Monday, but Newsday's Steve Zipay indicates he's closer to a week away from returning. McIlrath doesn't have a target date at this point, but the blueliner's return shouldn't concern many in fantasy leagues given his three points through 31 games and limited ice time. Expect further updates on his status when he closes in on a return.
McIlrath (knee) will be out of the lineup for a couple weeks, according to head coach Alain Vigneault. It seems that the knee injury McIlrath sustained after a collision with the Isles' Cal CLutterbuck on Sunday is more severe than it initially appeared. The 23-year old Winnipeg native McIlrath has notched just three points through 31 contests this season so his absence shouldn't have much fantasy impact.
McIlrath (leg) will be out of the lineup Tuesday against the Sabres. Even when healthy, McIlrath has been used infrequently this season as he has not suited up for more than five games in a row since mid-December. Additionally, the blueliner has gone 11 contests without tallying a single point and has added little in terms of production other than PIM during that stretch. Saturday against Detroit will be the next opportunity for the 23-year-old to get onto the ice.
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