New York Rangers Name Ryan McDonagh Captain, Acquire Joey Crabb

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On Monday, the New York Rangers named Ryan McDonagh the 27th captain in franchise history. Here’s what GM Glen Sather had to say about him:

“Ryan McDonagh exemplifies what we want a New York Ranger to be. He has earned the respect of his teammates through his commitment to excellence, both on and off the ice, and the passion with which he plays on a consistent basis. He is the ideal choice to lead our team as its captain.”

 

Last season, McDonagh was Team MVP and received the Players’ Player Award, which recognizes the Ranger best exemplifying the definition of a team player. He reached career-highs with 14 goals, 29 assists, a total of 43 points, 13 power-play points, 3 shorthanded goals, 4 game winners, and averaged an ice time of 24:49. He tied for second among defensemen with 17 points during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He also scored a goal and had an assist representing the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Rangers named defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal and forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan alternate captains.

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In the meantime, the Rangers also made a trade with the Florida Panthers acquiring forward Joey Crabb for defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan. 

Crabb had one assist in nine games and was a -2 with Panthers last season, and in 62 games with Florida’s AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage, tallied 15 goals and 14 assists totaling 29 points.

Yogan split last season between the Rangers’ AHL team in Hartford and ECHL team in Greenville.

The move leaves room for rookie Anthony Duclair to be added to the roster. Duclair, a third-round pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, led the Rangers in scoring with five points in five games in the preseason. Here’s what head coach Alain Vigneault told the Rangers website about him:

He’s got an NHL skill set. He’s got the hands, the speed, the thinking with the puck. Can that continue when the season starts against a full NHL lineup with full NHL pace and intensity? He’s going to get a chance to prove that. He’s earned the right to start with us Thursday.

 

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