by Patrick Hoffman on 07/06/10 at 08:38 PM ET
The Blueshirts certainly now have depth at the defense as they signed Ryan McDonagh to a contract today.
McDonagh came over in the Scott Gomez deal and is expected to be a solid defenseman at the NHL level. For awhile, it appeared that may be McDonagh would go back to Wisconsin University but according to Dan David of the New York Rangers’ web site, attending the prospects camp last week made it clear to him that he wanted to jump to the pro level.
Although he could have returned to the University of Wisconsin as captain of a Badgers team that he helped lead to last spring’s NCAA championship game, McDonagh felt the week he spent at the MSG Training Center made his decision to leave much easier.
“The camp was important for a lot of reasons,” he said. “First and foremost, I got to meet some of the Rangers staff members face to face and to have them meet me as well. Second, I got to know some of the other players in the organization. I thought it was important to build some relationships with them during a tough week of camp and getting to know them. The third thing was more for myself. I know the pro game is different from the college game, and I wanted to see if I was physically ready and mentally ready and everything like that.”
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