At 24, Ryan McDonagh embodies the old-school, blue-collar, meat-and-potatoes hockey player of previous generations, a player who embraces the concept of loyalty, commitment, honor and respect, writes Katie Strang.
With negotiations stalled and the league-imposed deadline approaching Thursday, there does not appear to be any hope to preserve an 82-game season. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said as much Wednesday.
The New York Rangers made a minor deal Friday morning, sending center Erik Christensen to the Minnesota Wild for 24-year-old center Casey Wellman. The Wild will also receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2013 in the trade.