Badgers in the NHL: Ryan McDonagh signs 6-year extension with New York Rangers

Bruce Bennett

The former Wisconsin star received the stability he was looking for, agreeing to a 6-year, $28.2 million contract with the Rangers.

The New York Rangers locked up a gigantic piece of their future Monday, when they signed former Wisconsin defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a 6-year, $28.2 million dollar contract.

McDonagh, who has spent the past three seasons with the Rangers on an entry level contract, was a restricted free agent. New York has typically done bridge deals at two-years in length for players entering restricted free agency for the first time. The Blueshirts chose buck that trend with the budding star in McDonagh.

McDonagh's cap hit will be $4.7 million per season through the end of the contract. The former Badger will have a limited no-trade clause over the final three years of the deal.

The Arden Hills, Minn., native came to the Badgers after being drafted No. 12 overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs eventually traded McDonagh to New York while he was still with the Badgers in a deal that sent the aging Scott Gomez to Montreal. The deal is considered one of the all-time great trades in Rangers' history.

McDonagh spent three seasons in Madison, helping the Badgers to the 2010 national championship game where they fell to Boston College.

The former Cretin-Derham Hall high school star registered four goals and 19 points in 47 games for the Rangers last season while averaging over 24 minutes of ice time per game.

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