Ryan McDonagh Signs with Rangers

July 7th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »

The New York Rangers made a big move to bolster their blue-line this week by signing defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a professional contract despite the fact that McDonagh had previously made it known that he would return to the University of Wisconsin instead of turning pro and joining the Rangers.

McDonagh was taken by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round,  No. 12 overall, in the 2007 draft. The Rangers acquired him along with winger Chris Higgins a year ago in a deal that sent Scott Gomez to Montreal. At the time the deal was largely a salary dump designed to clear space for the signing of Marian Gaborik, but now that McDonagh has signed that trade is a real big coup for the Rangers.

McDonagh, 21, is listed at 6′1″ and 218 lbs., and is a solid all-around defenseman who is more regarded as a shut-down defenseman rather than an offensive defenseman. He is said to have solid speed though which gives him solid offensive skill as well.

It was previously thought that McDonagh would return to college a ...

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