Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 11/19/14

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is pushed by Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers during their preseason game on October 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Ryan McDonagh is going to be the trickiest RFA to sign.  When news broke yesterday of Roman Josi’s new contract with the Nashville Predators ($28 million over 7 years), focus immediately shifted to Ryan McDonagh. After all, McDonagh and Josi are very comparable players. They are both coming off their ELCs. They are both top-pairing defensemen. They are both arbitration eligible. Most importantly, they are both likely to receive some attention on the RFA market. However, that is where the similarities end. Josi has just one lockout-shortened full season, and 52 games in his rookie year last year. He has put up lines of 5-11-16 and 5-13-18 in each of those seasons respectively. Meanwhile, McDonagh has an extra full season under his belt, and has a 30 point season as well. On paper, McDonagh is the more credentialed defenseman. Another factor here is the contract Josi received. Slats never gives out second contracts of that length. In fact, the last time he gave out a second contract t...
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