By Allan Muir
One down, two to go.
The decision of Rangers GM Glen Sather to lay off the open market and focus on his own restricted free agents paid off today when he inked Ryan McDonagh to a new deal.
Brooks thought it was fair value for the 24-year-old. That might be faint praise.
McDonagh, stolen from the Canadiens in a 2009 deal that deserved more attention from Quebec authorities than Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty, has emerged as one of the better young defensemen in the game. During his three seasons with the Rangers, he’s proven to be a reliable two-way performer who can be counted on to chew up big minutes in any situation.