Ryan McDonagh D NYR Oct 22 '78
Ryan McDonagh said the language barrier at times while he was in the KHL was tough to adapt to.
The Rangers had a few other players abroad: Derek Stepan in Finland, Rick Nash in Switzerland and Carl Hagelin in Sweden. McDonagh had three points in 10 KHL games. "Our goalie coach would translate for us," McDonagh said. "All the import players would sit next to each other in the locker room. The coach would be talking and then the goalie coach would chime in. That was a little difficult, I guess. I didn't know if we were truly on the same page. He didn't quite do a very good job, kind of said bits and pieces, move the puck, pass, get it out of your hands. It wasn't too detailed."