Oct 11, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus defeated New York 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
2. Ryan McDonagh’s Watch
As the season started, the Rangers ushered in their 27th captain in franchise history, Ryan McDonagh. After the departure of former captain Ryan Callahan last March via trade, the team went with three alternate captains to finish the season.
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As the offseason progressed, it appeared that McDonagh was to be the front-runner. Not having worn an ‘A’ previously, this was new territory for the team but McDonagh was the most outspoken about the position, wanting to take the lead and put his stamp on the captaincy.
How did he do his first year?
Well, he helped lead the team to a division and conference title, as well as the best team in the NHL in the regular season. Now, his sights are set on the grandest of them all, Lord Stanley’s Cup.
But to do that, his leadership will be tested in uncharted waters.
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