In an interview with, Shaiba.kz 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
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.