Ryan McDonagh Signs

The Rangers have officially signed touted prospect Ryan McDonagh out of the University of Wisconsin. McDonagh, a physical defensive defenseman, was acquired as a part of the Scott Gomez trade in June, 2009. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but expect something along the lines of the Derek Stepan deal.

Update: The cap numbers for McDonagh are in, via CapGeek. McDonagh signed a three year, entry level contract with a base salary of $875,000. McDonagh will also receive $425,000 in performance bonuses per year and $87,500 per year in signing bonuses. This total of $512,500 in bonuses puts McDonagh’s cap hit at $1.3 million per season.

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  • This is a big day. If he’s as advertised, then the D just got a lot better. I’m anxious to see him in preseason play

  • agreed Jeremy. this day could be huge. First of all, all the worriers out there who said he’d go to free agency can calm down and as you say, potentially the D just got alot better, younger and………cheaper.

  • If the Rangers re-sign both Staal and Girardi, then the battle for the last spot on the blue line will be between McDonagh and Redden.

  • MDZ-Roszi

    Gilroy 7th D and fill in forward would be awesome to see and yeah most will end up minus players however its worth it…experience is invaluable

  • This is going to be another tough year to watch if you’re expecting them to win. With McDonagh a rookie, and MDZ and maybe Gilroy also on the blue line in their sophomore years, the defense will be shaky. All worth it in the end though.

  • Agreed Our Defense is finally taking form and looking pretty promising. It would have been nice to see Sangs try to earn his keep but with MCD, MDZ, and hopefully Staal and Girardi we have 4 good young Defenseman… Sather might finally be getting it…

  • …what about Pavel Valentenko?? He was the iother guy in the Scott Gomez trade. I have heard really good things from Prospect watch and other sites… is there a chance that he comes over this year?

  • Thanks a lot Dave… Could be nice in a couple of years to have a D of Staal Girardi, MDZ Saur, Mcdonaugh and Valentenko… Gilroy? Pretty solid future right there at the blue line…

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