The New York Rangers named Ryan McDonagh the team’s captain on Monday evening. Also, as was expected, the Rangers named 4 alternate captains as well. The four men are Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, and Martin St. Louis. In my opinion, this is a great sign for this team.
With the naming of McDonagh as the captain, it shows how far he has come along. Born in St. Paul Minnesota, and going to play college hockey for Wisconsin, McDonagh was surrounded with hockey his whole life.
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On June 22nd, 2007, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the first round, 12th overall. 2 years later, he was traded to the New York Rangers. Believe it or not, the Rangers traded Scott Gomez for McDonagh; BEST. TRADE. EVER.
In 246 total NHL games in his career, MacTruck has 26 goals and 77 assists. He is honestly the only player I could see wearing the C this year, his numbers have remained consistant throughout his whole career and McDonagh will be loved by Rangers fans for many years to come.
Now, the Rangers have also added 4 alternates to the line up, which is great to hear. Perhaps Staal and Stepan will be the away alternates and Girardi and St. Louis will be the away ones? Either way I think it is a great choice. It brings back some memories from some year… I think the Rangers did something great that year.
Danny Girardi will add what he always does; grit, pride, dedication. When Staal was hurt, Girardi was the go to man, and it has showed. It seems whenever he wears the A, his play is almost always better. I’m not sure if he enjoys the extra pressure, but he’ll have to like it now!
Derek Stepan is a great choice for an alternate. As a young skater and a great play maker, Stepan has been great over his years in New York. I am very happy to see him be alternate, and I think the younger guys will look up to him on and off the ice.
Martin St. Louis is a natural born leader. Whatever he does, people listen to him. I think he was already a captain, and no one knew it. Marty was almost a hero in the dark. He is always in the right spot, can move past any player, and can get the puck in the back of the net without a problem.
Lastly, Marc Staal. I love this guy to death. He was named alternate captain a few years ago, and has split the title with fellow defenseman Dan Girardi. But now it seems that Staal will get to keep the A for good, as well as Girardi.
This team is just full of leaders and it is going to show during the year. When some teams have a great start to the season and then crash after Christmas, the Rangers will be right there just waiting to pounce on them. I can’t wait to see McDonagh’s name called out opening night, “Ladies and gentleman, your new captain, RYAN MCDONAGH!” This is going to be some ride of a season, I see the Rangers going some where far this time around.