|Assets:||Can log a lot of ice time and play in all game situations, including a shutdown role. Has good size, mobility, physicality and offensive acumen. Also has a good shot and a strong skating stride.|
|Flaws:||Isn't a natural power-play quarterback or high-octane offensive defenseman, so he shouldn't be counted on as a first offensive option from the back end at the National Hockey League level.|
|Career Potential:||All-round, big-minute defenseman with upside.|
|WCHA||Second All-Star Team||2009-10|
|7/08/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New York Rangers to a six-year contract.|
|7/01/2013||New York Rangers tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/28/2013||Missed 1 game (head injury).|
|2/26/2013||Head injury, day-to-day.|
|10/11/2012||Signed with Barys Astana (KHL).|
|3/06/2011||Missed 1 game (knee injury).|
|3/04/2011||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|1/03/2011||Recalled from Connecticut (AHL).|
|10/03/2010||Assigned to Hartford (AHL).|
|7/06/2010||Signed by the New York Rangers to an entry-level contract.|
|6/30/2009||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|6/30/2009||New York Rangers traded Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto to the Montreal Canadiens for Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko.|
|6/22/2007||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st round (12th overall) in 2007.|
Ryan McDonagh finds back of the net in loss | 11/29/2013 3:53 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh scored a goal in the New York Rangers' 3-2 loss to Boston on Friday.
ImpactRick Nash accounted for the Rangers' other goal. Brad Richards, Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard, and Ryan Callahan each registered an assist for New York.
Ryan McDonagh scores his fifth of the season | 11/24/2013 8:13 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh's fifth goal of the season was the winner in the Rangers 2-0 win on Saturday.
ImpactMcDonagh was playing in front of the U.S. Olympic selection committee for hockey and sparkled. It appears that he is all but a lock to play in Sochi for the Americans and that is quite an accomplishment for the 24-year-old. He has 12 points in 23 games this season and is worth a roster spot as a 2-3 defenseman in deeper leagues.
Ryan McDonagh now has a four-game streak | 11/12/2013 10:14 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh has a four-game point streak after collecting an assist in the New York Rangers' 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
ImpactIn that span, he has two tallies and three helpers. That accounts for five of his 11 points in 18 games in 2013-14. He's a valued defender in reality who's showing legitimate signs of translating that into fantasy gold.
Ryan McDonagh nets shorthanded goal Monday | 10/08/2013 10:59 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh scored a shorthanded goal on Monday.
The Bergen Record
ImpactIt was McDonagh's first point of the season. He's a good bet to get at least 30 points this season and it wouldn't be surprising to see him flirt with the 40-point mark for the first time in his career.
Ryan McDonagh would love to play in Sochi | 08/27/2013 12:06 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh has a very good chance to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics.
New York Newsday
ImpactSkating and speed will be important facets on the larger ice and McDonagh can help out the team's defense corps in both of those areas. He would love the experience of playing in the Olympics as well. "You watch the 1980 team, the 1960 team, the way they won the gold medal it makes you want to do what they did, represent your country, it's the highest honor, you don't get to do that very often as a hockey player, so when you get that opportunity you want to make everybody proud," McDonagh said. "... It's going to be hard not to kinda think about it, but the way I'm going to approach it is, I'll think about it, process where I'm at, but ultimately, my job is with the Rangers, helping to try them win, and that'll be my focus."
Rangers agree to terms with Ryan McDonagh | 07/08/2013 11:24 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh has officially agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.
Rangers.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactThe details of the contract haven't been released, but an earlier report indicated that he'll earn $28.2 million over six years. With McDonagh signed, the Rangers have locked up a key piece of their defensive core. However, New York will still need to come to terms with Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto next summer.
Report: McDonagh close to signing 6-year deal | 07/08/2013 11:02 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh is reportedly close to inking a six-year/$28.2 million deal with the New York Rangers.
New York Daily News
ImpactMcDonagh is a restricted free agent. That's a pretty reasonable cap hit for McDonagh given his importance to the team. He averaged 24:21 minutes per contest last season and contributes at both ends of the ice. McDonagh is a good candidate to record 30-40 points next season.
Offer sheets could force Rangers hand | 07/07/2013 10:04 AM
NewsThe threat of an offer sheet could be driving the Rangers decision to lock up defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
New York Daily News
ImpactNHL teams were permitted to submit offer sheets for restricted free agents as of noon on Friday and the Rangers clearly don't want to take any chances with their cornerstone blueliner. The contracts recently signed by Nashville's Roman Josi and Slava Voynov of the Kings are good comparables, but it wouldn't be shocking to see McDonagh earn more.
Rangers near extension with Ryan McDonagh | 07/06/2013 10:38 AM
NewsThe Rangers are very close to re-signing Ryan McDonagh.
ImpactThe Bergen Record's Andrew Gross says the deal will likely be worth about $5 million annually, and the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard says it should get done within a day or two. The 24-year-old has emerged as one of the NHL's best defensemen, a development that will make the Rangers stray from their team policy of giving their youngsters modest, two-year pacts off entry-level deals. McDonagh is too important to risk losing to an offer shoot.
Rangers, McDonagh had preliminary discussions | 06/11/2013 1:58 PM
NewsThe New York Rangers and Ryan McDonagh's reps have have preliminary contract discussions, according to ESPN New York's Katie Strang.
Katie Strang on Twitter
ImpactMcDonagh is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer, but Strang says talks have yet to get serious. Based on the Rangers' past talks with key RFAs, chances are GM Glen Sather would likely to sign McDonagh to a multi-year contract that keeps the defenseman at a reasonable cost and eats up some of his UFA years. However, McDonagh has become of the Rangers' best defensemen and his reps are likely looking at a substantial pay day in exchange for giving up term. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.
RFA Ryan McDonagh 'all ears and eyes' | 05/27/2013 6:51 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh is "all ears and eyes" when it comes to his upcoming contract negotiations with the Rangers.
The Bergen Record
ImpactMcDonagh is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. "I'm going to have to go with my agent (Ben Hankinson) says and just take it day by day," McDonagh said. He's solidified himself as one of the Rangers top-four blueliners and should be in line for a sizable payday.
Rangers will lean on Ryan McDonagh | 05/25/2013 4:16 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh will play a "ton" in Game 5 on Saturday, according to Rangers coach John Tortorella.
Andrew Gross on Twitter
ImpactJust in case there was ever any doubt. McDonagh ranks 12th in the NHL with an average of 25:37 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Tortorella praises McDonagh's PP efforts | 05/24/2013 2:13 PM
NewsRangers coach John Tortorella was very happy with Ryan McDonagh's performance with the man advantage on Thursday.
Dan Rosen on Twitter
ImpactMcDonagh has averaged just 0:42 minutes of power-play ice time in the postseason, but logged 3:32 minutes with the man advantage on Thursday. "I think he helped us on the power play," Tortorella said. "It's me, I screwed that up not using him early enough and I should have." Sounds like McDonagh will also get plenty of power-play ice time on Saturday.
McDonagh played almost 30 minutes Thursday | 05/24/2013 9:47 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh played a team-high 29:43 in the Rangers' 4-3 overtime win Thursday night.
ImpactIt's kind of amazing that's all McDonagh played considering he logged nearly 11 minutes in the first period alone. With Marc Staal (eye) already out of the lineup and Anton Stralman (undisclosed) joining him Thursday, the Rangers were counting on McDonagh to play as much as he could possibly handle. The 23-year-old defenseman has been playing big minutes since last postseason, but it's the sudden development of his offensive game that's impressed his teammates. "It's only his third year, but he expects a lot out of himself and we expect a lot out of him. He's such a good skater and handles the puck so well. He can really control games out there," said Dan Girardi. McDonagh has one goal and three points in the last four games and will need to be one the Rangers' best players Saturday night if they want to keep the series going.
Ryan McDonagh preaches offensive patience | 05/22/2013 9:10 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh wants to see his team be a bit more patient in the Boston Bruins' zone.
New York Newsday
Impact"You see them, they're pretty good at waiting for help, waiting for guys to come into the zone," McDonagh said, "and I think we can use that, too, wait for second or third guys to come into the zone, and look for guys as opposed to throwing it to an area and try to skate onto it." The Rangers are down 3-0 in their second-round series and have only scored five goals in that span.
McDonagh, Girardi back together at practice | 05/20/2013 1:45 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh was back with Dan Girardi during Monday's practice.
The Bergen Record
ImpactThe two of them were expected to be reunited after the Rangers were outscored 5-2 in Game 2. Girardi struggled in Sunday's loss, while skating for most of the game alongside Michael Del Zotto, and was on the ice for all five goals against. We would expect to see them on the same pairing in Game 3 Tuesday night.
Ryan McDonagh scores first of the playoffs | 05/17/2013 12:22 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh scored his first goal of the playoffs in the Rangers 3-2 loss in overtime to Boston Thursday.
ImpactMcDonagh's goal with only two seconds remaining in the second period tied the game at one apiece and it gave the Rangers lots of momentum heading into the third. The momentum continued early in the third as the Rangers made it 2-1 when Derek Stepan scored 14 seconds into the period but rookie defenseman Torey Krug scored on the power play just 2:41 later as Steve Eminger was in the penalty box for holding Rich Peverley. The Bruins took over the game after that, especially in the overtime where they outshot the Rangers 16-5 and finally won it on Brad Marchand's goal. Game 2 is in Boston Sunday at 3pm ET.
McDonagh expects intense, physical series | 05/16/2013 10:21 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh is expecting a physical series against Boston in the second round of the postseason.
The Bergen Record
Impact"In the second round, you're gaining more intensity that will feed off Game 7 wins for both teams," he said. "It's a lot of energy for both teams. You try to make sure you don't get overhyped and lose your discipline." The Rangers didn't give Washington a power play in Game 6 and they took just two penalties in Game 7.
McDonagh a warrior for Rangers in Game 7 | 05/14/2013 10:21 AM
NewsEven though Ryan McDonagh didn't find the score sheet in Game 7, he was a vital part of the Rangers' win.
ImpactThis isn't anything new as McDonagh has become one of the better shutdown defensemen in the league. McDonagh played 23:15, which is quite remarkable considering he was plastered, face-first into the boards early in the game on a hit from Alex Ovechkin, leaving him bloodied and scarred. He missed only two shifts and most importantly kept Ovechkin pointless for for the fifth straight game. "It's a big part of playoff hockey," coach John Tortorella said. "All year long we've been a pretty disciplined team. You get to this type of situation and Ovechkin was trying to get his team going. I think it's a penalty, but it's part of the game."
Ryan McDonagh shuts down Alex Ovechkin | 05/13/2013 11:06 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh played a team-high 23:15 and blocked three shots in Monday's Game 7 win over the Washington Capitals.
ImpactMcDonagh's not the type of player that shows up in the scoresheet, but his contribution to the Rangers can't be understated. McDonagh and partner Dan Girardi silenced Caps star Alex Ovechkin yet again Monday night and McDonagh missed just one shift after Ovechkin slammed him into the boards in the first period. The Rangers defenseman ended up with a cut across his forehead from the hit and briefly went to the locker room before returning. McDonagh's next job will be shutting down Boston's top line of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and David Krejci.
Ryan McDonagh not dwelling on mishap | 05/05/2013 9:38 AM
NewsDespite committing a mishap that ultimately led to the game-winning goal for the Capitals Saturday, Rangers' defenseman Ryan McDonagh is already focused on Game Three.
New York Daily News
ImpactMcDonagh was assessed a two-minute minor penalty in overtime after he accidentally shot the puck over the glass, after which Washington scored a power play goal to win the game. When asked about the play McDonagh simply said "I was trying to get the puck up to I think (forward Brian Boyle) there along the wall and just got a little bit too under it." Since the play occurred toward the end of a three-minute shift where the Rangers were pinned in their own zone, McDonagh can be forgiven for the misplay.
Ryan McDonagh plays a gem of a game Sunday | 03/11/2013 10:25 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh recorded two assists, two shots, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's win over Washington.
The Bergen Record
Impact"That's as consistent as he's played in a while," coach John Tortorella said. "He was really confident with the puck carrying it. The standards are set so high for him, a couple of little hiccups in his game and you start thinking, 'What's going on?'" The Rangers need McDonagh to recapture his past form the 2011-12 campaign while Marc Staal is on the sidelines. He logged a team-high 25:58 of ice time in the contest.
Ryan McDonagh will play Thursday | 02/28/2013 3:13 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh said he will return from his undisclosed injury Thursday versus Tampa Bay.
The Bergen Record
Impact"Obviously I wanted to see how I felt after my first skate (yesterday)," he said Thursday morning. "There was no issues. I felt even better today. It's exciting, I'm excited about playing tonight." McDonagh has contributed five points, 30 hits and 35 blocked shots in 17 games this season.
Ryan McDonagh hopes to return Thursday | 02/27/2013 3:38 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh (undisclosed) was back on the ice Wednesday and appeared to be optimistic about getting back into New York's lineup for Thursday night.
The Bergen Record
ImpactMcDonagh required 12 stitches to the outside of his lip and additional stitches inside his mouth after being driven into the glass, face-first by Montreal's Max Pacioretty this past Saturday.
Ryan McDonagh misses skate, likely out Tues. | 02/26/2013 5:24 PM
NewsRyan McDonagh (undisclosed) did not participate in Tuesday's morning skate and is unlikely to play against the Winnipeg Jets.
ESPN New York
ImpactThe Rangers have yet to disclose what type of injury McDonagh suffered, although some sort of head injury seems likely considering he's been sidelined since a hit from Montreal's Max Pacioretty. This is also beginning to sound a lot like Rick Nash's "undisclosed" injury, which is also believed to be a concussion. We'll just have to wait and see how McDonagh recovers.
Rangers haven't updated McDonagh's status | 02/25/2013 11:29 AM
NewsThe New York Rangers haven't provided an update on Ryan McDonagh's (undisclosed) injury status yet.
ImpactIt's possible that McDonagh has a concussion after being hit by Montreal's Max Pacioretty on Saturday. That being said, given how secretive the Rangers have been about Rick Nash's undisclosed injury, it wouldn't be surprising if they are similarly quiet about McDonagh's status. McDonagh is not as big of a factor as Nash in fantasy leagues, but the two arguably have equal importance in the eyes of the Rangers. McDonagh has averaged 23:44 minutes per game this season.
Ryan McDonagh out with possible concussion | 02/24/2013 11:02 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh left Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Canadiens with 12:40 left in the second period and did not return.
New York Daily News
ImpactMcDonagh left Saturday's contest at the Bell Centre after Max Pacioretty put an elbow in his back and drove him facefirst into the glass potentially delivering a concussion. "How high did Pacioretty jump on his hit?" a frustrated John Tortorella said after the game. At this moment, the Rangers have not provided an update on McDonagh's status. Pacioretty's hearing with the NHL for his hit is scheduled for 4 pm today.
Torts will 'play the hell' out of top D pair | 01/15/2013 2:43 PM
NewsJohn Tortorella says he's going to "play the hell" out of Ryan McDonagh and Daniel Girardi this season despite the compact schedule.
Steve Zipay on Twitter
ImpactMcDonagh was one of the biggest surprises of last season, especially in the playoffs. We were a bit concerned about how much ice time he would get with Marc Staal at 100 percent this season, but it appears he and Girardi will be the go-to pairing in New York in this shortened campaign. You can bump up both players' stock slightly, but keep in mind that neither is likely to put up more than 20 points.
McDonagh dealt with language barrier in KHL | 01/11/2013 11:52 AM
NewsRyan McDonagh said the language barrier at times while he was in the KHL was tough to adapt to.
The Bergen Record
ImpactThe Rangers had a few other players abroad: Derek Stepan in Finland, Rick Nash in Switzerland and Carl Hagelin in Sweden. McDonagh had three points in 10 KHL games. "Our goalie coach would translate for us," McDonagh said. "All the import players would sit next to each other in the locker room. The coach would be talking and then the goalie coach would chime in. That was a little difficult, I guess. I didn't know if we were truly on the same page. He didn't quite do a very good job, kind of said bits and pieces, move the puck, pass, get it out of your hands. It wasn't too detailed."
|Goals||1||6 times-last:at Bos||last:Nov 29||1|
|Assists||2||at Buf||Dec 5||2|
|Points||2||2 times-last:at Buf||last:Dec 5||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||3 times-last:at Dal||last:Nov 21||4|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Car||Nov 2||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||at NYI||Oct 29||0|
|Power Play Points||1||5 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Dec 7||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||at LA||Oct 7||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at LA||Oct 7||1|
|Shots||4||4 times-last:vs. Wsh||last:Dec 8||6|
|Penalty Minutes||44||2011-12 (NYR)|
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