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McDonagh considers heading to Europe if lockout continues

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers scores his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Defenseman Ryan McDonagh has already rejected two offers from European clubs, but now he has a third offer on the table, according to the New York Daily News.

“I think the only way I would go is if this keeps stretching longer and longer and the forecast, the light at the end of the tunnel looks dimmer,” McDonagh said, referring to the lockout. “Because I know how important it is to be in the same game shape, and that’s the big thing is once the puck drops here in North America, I want to be ready 100%, ahead of the game and playing the way I play.”

McDonagh broke out in 2011-12 with 32 points in 82 games. In addition to his offensive contributions, McDonagh finished second on the team in total ice time and blocked shots while leading the Rangers with a plus-25 rating.

He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer after completing his entry-level deal.