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From Jodi Kaufman: Don’t Believe Me, Just Watch: Appreciating Ryan McDonagh

TAMPA – What you see may be what you get. But what you don’t see may get you a whole lot more, at least when it comes to Ryan McDonagh.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate the steadiness and solid performance of this elite defenseman? That doesn’t even cover the leadership intangibles that a former captain brings to the table.

He’s not flashy, which is exactly why he is excelling at his job. McDonagh has a habit of making good decisions with, and without, the puck, and is a big reason for the team’s success. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, especially “fatal” ones, so he can sometimes ...


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