Note: Ryan McDonagh Needed A Map To Find Kazakhstan

In an interview with, via BTB, Ryan McDonagh explained how he is adjusting to his new life in the KHL and in Kazakhstan.

He said, “until now, I still can not get used to the change of environment. When I was invited to play for the “Barys”, I could not figure out where is Kazakhstan. I had to take a map and look for it there.’

McDonagh has played 14:47 through two periods today for Barys. He is the leader in ice time through two periods.  They are up 5-0

10:34AM:Barys won 5-1 and McDonagh played 22:58


via FB

He is pictured with Nik Antropov and Victor Hedman

McDonagh was asked if he was just using this trip to the KHL to stay in shape and responded, “I’m a gambling man, and I love the game, so I will try to win every game, that was a result!”

Picture: Ryan McDonagh In His Barys (KHL) Jersey

Read: The KHL Was The Best Option For Ryan McDonagh Right Now

On Tuesday, Ryan McDonagh became the first Ranger to sign in the KHL and third Ranger overall to sign a deal to play in Europe.

McDonagh said that he wanted to play and be in shape for when the Rangers season resumes.

He told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that with the situation at hand, this was the best move for him.

“The situation here is we had a solid group in the beginning but one guy goes to play, a couple of guys go home who don’t have places here to stay. The numbers dwindle. Obviously when I go to the rink, I go hard but I don’t know if I’m improving as this dragged along here. I felt like the opportunity was there for me to go. At the beginning, nobody knew how long this was going to stretch. it really came down to improving as a player and being the best I can be.

McDonagh was courted by European teams and turned them down until he found the right fit.

McDonagh may be in the lineup for Barys tomorrow.


Note: Barys Announcement On Signing Ryan McDonagh

via their Facebook:

Soon the guy in the photo – Ryan McDonagh – can form example HC “Barys.” 
Defender of the NHL, which has 185 cm in height and 91 kg, and 36 (7 +29) points last season in the “New York Rangers”, to Plan to arrive today in Astana. 
And if nothing hurts, he will sign a contract with the club.On the official entry into the ranks of Ryan McDonagh’s “Barys” be sure to let the official club website.

McDonagh left for Barys last night at 9PM. With layovers and connecting flights, the trip to Astana appears to vary from 24 hours to 33 hours.

Read: Why Ryan McDonagh Is Heading To Kazakhstan

In the Daily News, Pat Leonard spoke with Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh about his decision to head to the KHL and play for Barys.

McDonagh told Leonard that his chief reason for going is so that he can be prepared when the Rangers return to the ice and the lockout ends.

“I love playing this game and this is a great opportunity for me to play and stay in game shape so I can ultimately be at my best to help the Rangers win. I had some options earlier that just weren’t the right timing for me. This opportunity came available and I didn’t want to miss a chance to play hockey.”

McDonagh is the third Ranger to sign and play in Europe.

Adam Rotter: It’s an interesting team that he is heading to, they lost to Artem Anisimov’s team 4-2 today, and he gets to play with some former Rangers and a top flight defenseman in Victor Hedman. It’s hockey season and he wants to play hockey, so I can’t blame him for making this move.

Buzz: Ryan McDonagh May Be Going To The KHL (Update: He Is Going To The KHL)

According to Sov Sport, via Pat Williams, Ryan McDonagh may be heading to the KHL to play for HC Barys.

The title, when translated to English, is ““Barys” signs leading advocate “Rangers”

The sub-headline, when translated, is “23-year-old Ryan McDonagh in the coming hours will be player of HC “Barys”

From the translated article “McDonagh is one of the strongest players in the NHL to play in Powerplays and proved itself as one of the most promising defenders League. Over the last two seasons McDonagh spent 147 games in which scored eight goals and 37 assists.

The team is based out of Astana, Kazakhstan and players on their roster include Nigel Dawes, Andrew Hutchinson, Josh Gratton, Brandon Bochenski, Dustin Boyd, Victor Hedman, Nik Antropov and former Rangers legend Vitali Yeremeyev.

Barys isn’t slated to play on ESPN 2 through the first seven games of their KHL agreement.

4:16PM: Katie Strang confirms that McDonagh is going to the KHL to play for Barys and that he leaves for Russia tonight. He may be in the lineup on Friday for Barys.

4:57PM: McDonagh’s agent Ben Hankinson tweets that McDonagh joins fellow Octagon Hockey clients Hedman and Bochenski in Barys.