By Sean Hartnett
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Following the Rangers’ Stanley Cup Final exit, Ryan McDonagh sounded ready to take on the responsibility of captaining the team that had groomed him into one of the league’s best all-around defenseman.
“With the way my play was escalating, I felt more confident as the year went on,” McDonagh said at breakup day on June 16. “I think when I was given a lot more responsibility, I was able to step up and help our team win a lot of games.”
It came as little surprise when the Rangers formally announced McDonagh as the 27th captain in franchise history on Monday night. After all, McDonagh has been “Mr. Everything” for the Blueshirts.