The Wisconsin State Journal and beat writer Andy Baggot had the official word Tuesday on the departure of defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the NHL’s New York Rangers here.
McDonagh, with a year of eligibility remaining for the 2010 NCAA runner up Badgers, is expected to sign Wednesday for three years and about $2.4 million — the same deal former Wisconsin teammate Derek Stepan signed with the Rangers last week, said Baggot. McDonagh, from Cretin-Derham Hall High School, was the 2007 Minnesota Mr. Hockey.
Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has an updated list of early departures in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association here heading into 2010-11. Wisconsin leads the way with four, while Denver has three departures.