Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh might be the next captain of the New York Rangers.

Coach Alain Vigneault said a decision on who wears the "C" won't be made until around training camp in the fall, but he does have an idea of who it will be. "I've got an idea of where I'm leaning, but I'm not going to share it with you," Vigneault said. "I will seek feedback from a couple of players and I will give everyone that's been around our team some input and I'm pretty sure we'll be real close to a consensus." The 25-year-old defender stepped into a role as a more vocal leader this past season because of his growing confidence and he got to learn from veteran players like Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis along the way. Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are expected to remain the team's assistant captains. New York hasn't had a captain since the team traded Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh picked up an assist in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He finished as the leading scorer on the Rangers, with 17 points in 25 games, during their marvelous playoff run. McDonagh led the team with 13 assists in the postseason and he came close to scoring the game winner in overtime, but his shot went off the post. He didn't have a point in his first 10 contests before going on a tear for the rest of the playoffs.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh and the Rangers are seeking some "redemption" when they visit Staples Center on Friday night for Game 4.

"We felt we played some of our better games of the series here," he said. "For us, we've got to continue to have a good start and, this time, finish the job and play a complete, 60-minute game here." New York had two-goal leads in Games 1 and 2 before losing both games in overtime. McDonagh tallied a goal and two assists on those contests before going pointless in two matches back at Madison Square Garden.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh's 16 points in the playoffs, leads the New York Rangers.

McDonagh has four goals and 12 assists in 22 games. He got off to a very slow start with no points in his first 10 games as he was recovering from a shoulder injury suffered near the end of the regular season that forced him to miss the last five games. But he has been a force of late with three goals and 10 assists in his last eight games.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh was among three Rangers who notched a goal and an assist in their 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Kings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Again, McDonagh was a beast, extending his playoff-point streak to five games. He picked up his fifth goal and 18th playoff point, while tallying a team-high 37:48. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard were the other Rangers to tally a goal and an assist. Martin St. Louis potted the other goal, though he (and Brad Richards) finished a minus-three. Rick Nash had a game-high eight shots on goal, but did not record a point. New York trails in the series 2-0.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 3 Months

Ryan McDonagh said the Rangers "knew [the Kings] were going to push, test us physically" during the Stanley Cup Final.

"I thought we matched it pretty well. I thought especially the early part of the game there, we were able to break their forecheck, get out of our zone," he said. "They got a few more opportunities in the third because of their forecheck." The Kings outhit the Rangers by a 45-33 margin in Game 1. McDonagh logged a playoff-high 31:12 of ice time in the match. He's an important player for the Blueshirts, so Los Angeles won't pass up any chance they have to make him pay a physical prce.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 4 Months

After entering the Eastern Conference Final series with a disappointing three points in the postseason, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh recorded 10 points against the Montreal Canadiens, while leading all skaters in assists.

He is the first Rangers defenseman to notch eight assists in a playoff series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and is only the second New York defenseman to produce 10 points in a playoff series. Brian Leetch had 11 against the Canucks in the '94 Finals. McDonagh, who recorded a team-high 25:27 of ice time, has picked up an assist in his past three games (four during that stretch.) This all comes after he was held point-less during the opening round against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 4 Months

Ryan McDonagh earned an assist on New York's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Montreal Thursday night.

The victory eliminated the Canadiens from the playoffs in six games and sent the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh was held off the scoresheet in just one game against the team that drafted him 12th overall in 2007. He racked up two goals and eight assists in the series.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 4 Months

Ryan McDonagh continued his strong play Monday as the Rangers defeated Montreal by a score of 3-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

McDonagh recorded a goal and an assist in the victory to give him a whopping six points in the first two contests of the series. Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis also scored on one-timers in the New York win.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 4 Months

Ryan McDonagh generated a goal and three assists, as the Rangers convincingly won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final by a score of 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.

He tied a Rangers' record for the most points in a playoff game by a defenseman, which he now shares with Brian Leetch, Brad Park and Dave Maloney. McDonagh had just a goal and two assists in his previous 14 playoff matches.