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Rangers, McDonagh agree to terms on new contract

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 11:15 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013
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Rangers, McDonagh agree to terms on new contract
The Rangers took care of one of their own Monday by agreeing to terms with 24-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a six-year contract.

The New York Rangers took care of one of their own Monday by agreeing to terms with 24-year-old defenseman Ryan McDonagh, reportedly on a six-year contract worth $28.2 million. McDonagh, whose new contract reportedly carries a salary-cap charge of $4.7 million, was a restricted free agent.

McDonagh has become one of the Rangers best defenseman over the past two and a half seasons and is a fixture on the top pair with Dan Girardi. He had 19 points and a plus-13 rating and was second on the team in ice time behind Girardi in 2012-13. He played nearly 26 minutes per game in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and was starting to get more time on the power play as well.

McDonagh, who had 32 points in 82 games in the 2011-12 season, will likely become a regular on the power play under new coach Alain Vigneault.

The Rangers acquired McDonagh from the Montreal Canadiens on June 30, 2009. McDonagh, who is from Minnesota, was selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft (No. 12) by the Canadiens.

The Rangers' remaining restricted free agents are center Derek Stepan, left wings Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello and defenseman Justin Falk, who was acquired on June 30 from the Minnesota Wild.

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