It’s now official. The Rangers have announced that they have re-signed 24-year-old first-pair defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
The deal is reportedly for six years, worth $4.7 million a year, and with it Glen Sather buys threeof McDonagh’s potential unrestricted free agency seasons.
That leaves the Rangers with three key restricted free agents unsigned: Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello, plus newly acquired defenseman Justin Falk, with only about $7 million left to spend.
Zuccarello may not be in the team’s plans because of salary cap restrictions.
Here is the official announcement from the NYR:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN RYAN MCDONAGH
NEW YORK, July 8, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a new contract.
McDonagh, 24, registered four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, along with 22 penalty minutes in 46 games last season. McDonagh tied for first among team defensemen in goals, and ranked second in assists and points. He also ranked second on the team in blocked shots (78), third in average ice time (24:21), and fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-13). The Rangers posted a 13-1-1 record in games when he registered a point. In addition, McDonagh registered four points (one goal, three assists) in 12 playoff contests. He led team defensemen in assists, and tied for first in points during the postseason. McDonagh notched his first career NHL playoff goal on May 16 at Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
In 2011-12, McDonagh established career-highs in several statistical categories, including games played (82), goals (seven), assists (25), points (32), plus/minus rating (plus-25), penalty minutes (44), hits (118), blocked shots (182), and shots on goal (123). He ranked 11th in the NHL and fifth among all defensemen with a team-high, plus-25 rating, ranked 15th in the NHL in average ice time (24:44), and eighth in blocked shots. McDonagh was one of seven Rangers who skated in all 82 games, and finished the season ranked second among team defensemen in goals, assists, and points.
The 6-1, 215-pounder has skated in 169 career regular season games over three seasons, registering 12 goals and 48 assists for 60 points, along with 80 penalty minutes and a plus-54 rating. He skated in his 100th career NHL contest on February 25, 2012, against Buffalo. McDonagh made his NHL debut on January 7, 2011, at Dallas, and tallied his first career point with an assist on January 20, 2011, at Carolina. He finished the 2010-11 season ranked second on the team and sixth among NHL rookies with a plus-16 rating.
Internationally, McDonagh has represented the United States at several tournaments, including at the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia.
The St. Paul, Minnesota native was acquired by the Rangers, along with Chris Higgins and Pavel Valentenko, from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto on June 30, 2009. McDonagh, who was named 2007 Minnesota “Mr. Hockey,” was originally selected by Montreal as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
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