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Picking a “best” Ranger not named Henrik Lundqvist may seem like picking a “best” Chicago Bull of the 1990s not named Michael Jordan. But after last year’s run to the Stanley Cup finals, defenseman Ryan McDonagh has a legitimate claim to the throne. His numbers speak for themselves. Last year, at the age of 24, McDonagh racked up 17 points in 25 playoff games — the most on the entire team. Yes, that’s right. Not the most among defensemen — the most on the entire team. And if that’s not impressive enough, he did it while logging 26 minutes a night against opponents’ best players. On top of that, his cap hit is an absolute steal at $4.7 million and he’s signed until 2019. How Slats duped Montreal into trading away McDonagh and taking on Scott Gomez’s abysmal contract may forever remain a mystery. But that move didn’t just bring a defensive stalwart and possible captain to the Blueshirts. It was a sign to Ranger fans that management still had some tricks up their sleeve and weren’t content to stew in mediocrity. Plus, unlike the team’s far more heralded man between the pipes, he’s never been caught hanging out with Justin Bieber in public…and that’s got to count for something. And as press time approached, the Rangers announced they’d named a new captain. Care to guess who?

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