Report: Badgers to lose McDonagh

     The Wisconsin Badgers, following a 2010 NCAA runner up finish, are having their team dissolve by graduation and a number of early departures. The most recent appears to be former St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall defenseman Ryan McDonagh heading to the New York Rangers. He would be a senior in 2010-11.

     The New York Post had a Sunday story here while Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal had a Sunday update here‎. Another story is in New York’s Newsday here.

     The Wisconsin State Journal notes: By turning pro, McDonagh would become the fourth Wisconsin underclassman to do so since April, joining sophomore center Derek Stepan (New York Rangers) and junior defensemen Cody Goloubef (Columbus) and Brendan Smith (Detroit). The Badgers return eight defensemen — including junior Jake Gardiner and sophomore Justin Schultz, who were taken in the first and second rounds of the 2008 NHL draft by Anaheim, respectively — but losing McDonagh would be a major blow in terms of skill and leadership.

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