KHL Will Improve McDonagh’s Game

Ryan McDonagh spoke with Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record about why he chose to sign with HC Barys Astana…

“The situation here is we had a solid group in the beginning but one guy goes to play, a couple of guys go home who don’t have places here to stay. The numbers dwindle,” McDonagh said. “Obviously when I go to the rink, I go hard but I don’t know if I’m improving as this dragged along here. I felt like the opportunity was there for me to go. At the beginning, nobody knew how long this was going to stretch. it really came down to improving as a player and being the best I can be.

“I’m still optimistic that a deal will get done in a short amount of time,” McDonagh added. “But, until then, if I can get a couple of games or more in, that will help me be more ready. That’s my whole mindset, to give myself the best chance to improve individually so when I’m able to put the Ranger jersey back on, I can be in the best shape possible.”

Katie Strang at ESPN reports that McDonagh left last night and could be in the Barys lineup on Friday.

…i'm assuming things have improved medically in the KHL, but the whole Cherepanov tragedy will have me concerned anytime McDonagh needs medical attention.

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