Allain Muir at SI.com recently gave a list of the best value contracts of the 2013 offseason. Some were expected (Travis Hamonic's seven-year, $27 million deal), some were surprising (he lists Malkin's as a bargain in an interesting argument) and some…well won't make sense right away (see Jay Bouwmeester).
Rangers fans should take pride in knowing Ryan McDonagh made an apperance:
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers: six years, $28.2 million
It might not be the bargain that Alzner’s and Hamonic’s are, but a deal that locks up a 24-year-old with proven two-way talent and the ability to chew up some serious minutes (24:21 per game last season) for a $4.7 million cap hit is pretty easy to celebrate. GM Glen Sather recognized McDonagh, stolen from the Habs in a 2009 trade, as a core player and locked him down with a deal that buys three years of free agency on the back end. It might be a bit generous for the first year, maybe even two, but those final four set this contract up to be a clear win for the Rangers.
– Tough to argue against McDonagh's new deal being anything but a bargain for the Rangers. In a few seasons, we'll be talking about having one of the best defenseman in the NHL at a dirt-cheap price.
– Where you hope Mac Truck does develop nicely is his offensive game since his defensive game is polished. Flashes of it were on display last season. The hope is he takes the next step (a 40-point season would be swell) with a full season in 2013-14.
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