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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Meet the Blueshirts: Ryan McDonagh

By Mike Mazzeo

Ryan McDonaghChristopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
Position: D
Number: 27
Age: 24
Born: St. Paul, Minnesota
Height: 6-1
Weight: 213
How acquired: Acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade with the Montreal Canadiens along with Chris Higgins, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko on June 30, 2009 in exchange for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto.

In case you didn’t know ...

• 2013-14 proved to be McDonagh’s breakout offensive season: he tallied career-highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43) during the regular season. He’s currently tied for the team lead in playoff points (13 -- including 10 assists). He has averaged a team-high 25:11 of ice-time in the postseason.

• The McDonagh-Gomez trade has been GM Glen Sather’s best trade since joining the Rangers in 2000. Somehow he was able to get rid of the albatross contract he gave Gomez and turn that mess into McDonagh, who has quickly turned himself into one of the best defensemen this franchise has ever seen.

• McDonagh, a do-it-all blueliner who can block shots, kill penalties and stifle the league’s best lines, played for the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 2014 and signed a six-year, $28.2 million contract extension on July 8, 2013.

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