Ryan McDonagh was beaten twice on Boston goals last night and said "It's probably one of the worst games of my career and one of the worst games I've ever been a part of in my Rangers career, so that pretty much sums it up." (NYR Game Notes)
McDonagh was a minus two, had two giveaways and one takeaway in 21:32.
Alain Vigneault said on 2/1 that it's "fair" to say that more is expected of McDonagh and that when he is "on top of his game he is an elite defensemen in this league."
Vigneault said that in his mind McDonagh is one of the best defensemen in the league and that while he has had some nagging injuries this season, "every player has those and you have to play through them and play well and that is what I expect from our captain."
Elliotte Freidman said recently that he feels that if the Rangers do trade McDonagh it will provide them with a "haul" and allow them to "reset quicker." (Friedman)
Former Penguins and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma added that the Rangers can't give McDonagh away and need to get more than just draft picks for him, "if you are going to give this guy up you need to get something in return and frankly they need to get something in return if they are going to rebuild." (NHL)
Bylsma added that as a coach, McDonagh is someone that he would like to have on his team. (NHL)