Ryan McDonagh said that he isn't interested in speculating about his future and that he loves his current situation with the Rangers both on and off the ice. (NY Post)
McDonagh said that the only thing about his future that he can control is how he plays and that possible future scenarios are not on his mind. (NY Post)
McDonagh has one year remaining, after this season, on a six-year deal before becoming a free agent.
He said that he signed that deal at the time because he wanted some security after seeing Marc Staal's eye injury and says he has "never been unhappy with it." (NY Post)
Larry Brooks writes that McDonagh's "greatest future value" to the Rangers could be as a trade chip at the deadline or the draft.(NY Post)
The Rangers will have the option to extend McDonagh starting on July 1.
Adam Rotter: I expect that Ryan McDonagh will be the Rangers captain for the foreseeable future and that at some point between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019 he will sign an eight-year deal to solidify that. There is risk in committing eight-years and probably somewhere north of $7 million to a player that will be 30 when the deal kicks in, but McDonagh is probably worth it to the Rangers.
One thing that I would almost call a lock would be that the Rangers will not let McDonagh become a free agent. He may enter next season without a contract but so did Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi and all were re-signed during the year. The captain before McDonagh also went into the final year of his deal without a contract, but he was traded. Even with the possibility that Erik Karlsson could be free, unless the Rangers have an indication of sorts that he will sign, the Rangers will likely proceed with extending their current captain.