Jan
26

McKenzie: Rangers want defense help, won’t sacrifice core

January 26, 2017, by

jeff gorton

During last night’s broadcast, Bob McKenzie shared his thoughts of the Rangers needs and plans for the trade deadline. He didn’t shed any light on their needs, as they are still targeting a top-four right handed defenseman. The problem is that the rest of the league is looking for the same thing.

McKenzie also provided some insight as to the Rangers’ approach, which is to not sacrifice any of the core they’ve assembled thus far. That is the open-ended statement that can be interpreted many different ways. What defines the Rangers core? What are the Rangers willing to part with from the roster?

I think there are two schools of thought here. First is what the Rangers would part with for a rental. The second is what they would part with for a cost controlled, young, solid defenseman.

From McKenzie’s comments, I understood that to mean the Rangers will not part with any significant roster forward in a deal for Kevin Shattenkirk. To me, that means a player like Oscar Lindberg or Kevin Klein may still be dangled in that kind of deal. Regarding Klein, he’s likely the odd man out in any deal for a RD, both for cap space and roster space.

As for a blockbuster deal, something for a young defenseman that would completely retool the blue line, that would require different pieces. A Lindberg/Klein package doesn’t get you the likes of Dougie Hamilton, Jacob Trouba, or any of the Anaheim defenseman they might be dangling. Those deals are going to be team specific based on needs.

If the Rangers are to go that route –which would likely be over the summer– then they would need to part with something of value (have to give to get) and that has a comparable cap hit. That means parting with someone you may not want to part with.

Since the Rangers won’t be gutting the core or dealing top picks/prospects this deadline, expect them to target a minor upgrade. It likely won’t get them over the hump this year either. Personally, I’d be ok with a blockbuster move to begin the retool now. If the Rangers are going to target a Cody Franson type player, without making changes to deployment, then it’s an exercise in futility.

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70 comments

  1. Ranger17 says:

    Exactly but who is untouchable on this roster .Not untouchable but unable to trade would be Staal and Girardi unless you give away Buchnevich , Vesey , Miller , or Hayes and Kreider . Who could be moved in a blockbuster i think would be Nash $tepan Zucc and just maybe McD . McD would have to bring back a top D so that to me would be a wash to away a top D for a top D is a side ward move no gain . Shattenkirk would help the PP but is not great on the D side but could help getting the puck up ice is what we need anyhow .Hamilton and Trouba are both younger and would cost more then Shatty . Shatty can be had for $$$$ only this Summer . Think we need to keep
    Kreider
    Miller
    Hayes
    Vesey
    Zibanejad
    Buchnevich
    Sjkai Skjai
    McD
    Zuccarello
    I would even think about our 1st this year as this draft is not very deep and we have 2 2ed round picks . Not going to be easy for the GM and we will not be happy with what we give away . The Albatross is G and Staal and KK no body wants them and nobody will take them off our hands , even if we sweeten the pot . You can’t bye all 3 out and we are stuck for the next 3 and 4 years with them. Will be interesting dead line around the league with Los Vegas coming in next year. PS Ranger fan since 1949 but i don’t beleive we can win The Cup this year the way we are built now as a team . Need to hear your opinion on this Walt and Eddie Eddie Eddie . Just my thoughts LGR

    • Walt says:

      I have to agree that we won’t win this season as constructed, but as stated by me, and many others, we have a dire need for three quality d-men, and that won’t happen any time soon.

      Why trade for Shatty, who I believe is over rated, and is somewhat weak on the d side of his game. The names listed should be protected, but I would also agree if the return is good enough, I’d let Mac Truck go as well.

      While we clean house, I’d also consider AV leaving, everyone on this site knows how I feel about the guy, so I won’t rehash my views. Then I’d look to get as many Wayne Simmons type players I can. The man plays with heart, has soft hands around the net, and will give you a knuckle sandwich when needed, my kind of man !!!!!!!

      This is a major undertaking we’re asking of Gorton, given his hands are tied due to Sather’s cavalier attitude about NMC contracts, now that he doesn’t have to live with the consequences. Bottom line, I believe that we are in for a few years of poor play by our defense, unless a miracle takes place, and I wouldn’t bet too much on that happening !!!!!!!!

      • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

        Walt-

        Two things. I’m perfectly fine looking at replacing AV (or any HC for that matter who would be entering the final year of his contract). We disagree on how he has done to this point, but regardless of that, it’s more than reasonable to reassess after year four. You either will need to resign him long term or let him walk. The answer to whether he comes back or not will depend on what the players say about him when and if Gorton conducts exit interviews, and most importantly, is there a better option available. Unless he totally flames out, no way the Rangers would make a change simply for the sake of a change. If Coach Babs or Q have an out clause and become available, I’d personally show AV the door myself. 🙂 Beyond that? As I said, Rangers won’t likely make a change and take a chance on downgrading. Depends on who’s out there.

        As for NMCs, I have to respectfully disagree. No contender can be built without some players getting long term, no move deals. The trick is making sure they are the right ones to invest in. There will always be some deals that as a GM, you swallow hard and do, knowing they may well look ugly on the back end of those deals.

        • H says:

          I disagree on the NMC clauses Eddie. I’m paying you X millions to which your Family is set up for life. I don’t think players would let that be a sticking point if owners just said NO. I’m all for players getting theirs and owners getting theirs. In the end it comes out of my pocket No Move my ass. Greed is a MFCKER.

          • HARLEMBLUES says:

            HARLEMBLUES auto fill screwed up.

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            I’m not saying I like NMCs. I’m just saying that under the current CBA, those are the rules and there’s no doubt that every contending team is going to have their share of those contracts. Just the cost of doing business.

        • Walt says:

          Then we disagree again, what’s new with that ??????????

          • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

            We do, but I would like to know if there is any team in the league that doesn’t have at least one of these deals. If you were running the Hawks, would you be prepared to move on from Kane, Toews and Keith if an NMC was what was needed to keep them on your team? If so, you’d likely be looking for a new job in short order.

            Clearly, it was a mistake to give Staal or Girardi an NMC. For Hank, it was a no brainer to give it to him.

          • Walt says:

            The pylon twins are not anywhere near the likes of Kane, Towes, and Keith. These all are HOF probabilities, our two stink up the place !!!!!!!!

    • Blueshirts94 says:

      We actually have no 2nds this year, we have 2 in 2018. Trading our first is appealing in a weak draft but at this point unless the return is a young, cost controlled dman I wouldn’t be willing to part with it.

    • JoeS. says:

      I like the thought of signing Shatty in the off season. My issue with this is…how many years does it take to sign him? He gets no more than 4 from me! It’s not all about $$ as people say. We just cannot, ever again, get strapped with the expensive long term contracts! The CAP era is here and these contracts ruin your team if the player underperforms. Irregardless of NMC/NTC, Who will take an overpaid, underperforming player? this needs to be addressed, otherwise, winning a Cup is just mostly about dumb luck.

      • Walt says:

        Another reason why you consider trading Step, or Mac Truck!!

        I’m not advocating it, but they should also be considered due to their contracts, and the NMC…………….Never sign anyone to these long term deals, even if it means that we can’t sign the player in question. It’s better to be safe, than sorry a few years later, and be in the same boat we’re in now with the Pylon twins !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Chris F says:

          Trading McDonagh as part of a deal to bring back defensive help makes no sense.

          You deal from a position of strength, i.e. forward depth.

          • Walt says:

            the thought is no one is excluded if we can upgrade !!!!!!!!

            • Chris F says:

              I get the concept, but I’m skeptical that any single player can significantly improve the overall blueline if we’re simultaneously losing McDonagh, by far our best defenseman.

              Sure, maybe you get a marginal upgrade over McDonagh, but McDonagh not being the problem, you’re a still left with a decimated right side.

              Replacing Klein (or Girardi if possible) allows not only for a much greater improvement over that player, but overall better balance and improvement across the blueline.

              I see no true value to upgrading McDonagh.

              • Walt says:

                With all due respect, Mac Truck doesn’t walk on water, there are better guys out there, and if we can get one of them, well we do so. Like I said above, I wasn’t advocating for it, but I wouldn’t exclude it !!!!!!

              • John B says:

                That’s the thing Walt,

                McDonagh IS a top defenseman in the NHL that few are better than, when he’s away from Girardi.

                The statistical difference in McDonagh’s play away from and with Girardi is so evident a blind man can see it. Away from the anchor, he’s a Norris-caliber defenseman. With him, he struggles. It’s been like this going on 3 plus years now.

                If we consider trading McDonagh there are two things that need to be accepted:

                1- We’re NOT going to get a player back of his caliber.

                2- You can’t stop at McDonagh as you’ve admitted your entire team is done and everyone must go. Everyone.

              • Walt says:

                As for a blind man can see the problem, AV hasn’t, has he? Another reason why I’m so damn hard on him, he wears blinders like a plow horse down in Lancaster county !!!

              • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

                But Walt, what better options are there. Other than McDonagh, the rest of the defense are all pretty much interchangeable. Would shifting McDonagh to play with someone else really make McDonagh any better?

      • Kris says:

        Shatty will get 7 year 6 million plus not north of 6.5, with NMC/NTC, if not from NYR from someone. Im using the Yandle contract as a comparable as well as reports of 7 year 50 million hes looking for. Can he play on the top line, hasnt before doesnt mean he cant.

        • Walt says:

          If those are his demands, well he can get it elsewhere, he’s not worth that much, and isn’t that sound defensively. Why do people insist on reclaiming other teams discards, I don’t understand it !!!!!!!! He is still too young to qualify for the title retread, but not by much, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • paulronty says:

            Agree Walt, if he wants that much he can sign with the Isles. Most everybody thinks he’s not strong in the D-zone & that is exactly what the team needs.

        • Walt says:

          One last thought, is Yandle worth that kind of money, didn’t think so, and this guy won’t either !!!!!!!!!!

          • Kris says:

            I believe it was Bob Mckenzie, who said it is believed, that hes looking in the ballpark of 50 over 7, of course ask high but even if you take off 5 million your looking at a 6.5 cap hit.

            Im not sure if Shatty is worth that today, let alone 4 years into the 7 year deal. Thats why Id move a forward for a young defenseman.

            • JoeS. says:

              Oh, I’m totally sure he is not worth it, nobody is anymore. This is why I preach about changing the CBA in the next deal of the Cap era. Let’s go the the NFL route, so that we can cut a player if he is no longer worth the deal and save Cap space.

        • JoeS. says:

          For that money and tenure, I pass, and sincerely hope and pray the Rangers do as well!

        • HARLEMBLUES says:

          At those numbers I would pass because in my opinion we need a strong defensive defenseman. Who can skate,move people out of Hank’s line of sight and get the puck out.

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Ranger17, I thought I responded to you earlier but I guess it didn’t take.

      One of my closet friends and mentors is a HOF GM in another sport. He told me many times that any asset is tradeable for the right return, and that in fact any GM will explore trade scenarios even with players that are likely untouchable. So with that in mind, all cards can, should and will be on the table.

      But what is LIKELY to happen or not happen?

      NMCs–

      Staal, Girardi and Hank. Obviously, in the latter case, no chance he’s going anywhere. For the defensemen, highly improbable either would agree to waive their NMCs prior to the deadline. And based on what I can surmise, I don’t think the Rangers would be all that eager to deal them now either. After the season buyout or possibly one or both agreeing to waive their NMC? Possible.

      Nash– highly improbable he will be moved prior to the deadline. He has a limited NTC, and he’s making a boatload of money. You’d have to find a match among the teams he’s agreed to be traded to. And are we really going to get a player(s) that would make us better? Nash is a great two way player, especially when healthy. He is key to our success. I don’t see any way at all he would be dealt now. After the season? Much more likely.

      So let’s take those four out of the mix, because they are likely here in March, and look at the rest of the roster–

      Buchnevich, Vesey, Zib–highly unlikely they would be dealt. Too small of a NHL sample size with the first two, and as for Zib, he’s still a work in progress. I don’t think we’d get equal value back. In Vesey’s case, trading him now would mean other college FAs would be cautious about considering the Rangers in the future. Not happening.

      Grabner-there’s been some talk about dealing him while his value is high. Possible but unlikely.

      Marginal players that would be throw ins–

      Clendening, Hellberg, Hrivik, Jensen, Lindberg, Klein, Pirri, Puempel–yawn….who cares (although in Puempel’s case, I think he will be here simply because I think AV and Gorton are intrigued with him)

      So that leaves the following–

      Fast, Hayes, Holden, Kreider, McDonagh, Miller, Raanta, Skjei, Stepan, Zuc. Of this group, Hayes, Kreider, Miller, Stepan and Zuc would all be players I’d be willing to trade IF the return was significant. Fast could be a talented throw in. I don’t think they’d trade Holden, Skjei or certainly McDonagh because if the goal is to strengthen the defense, it’s hard to do that if you trade pieces that are either playing well (Holden), have an upside (Skjei) or are all-star caliber (McDonagh). Holden, I think will be gone this summer.

      So if the Rangers are willing to part with a talented forward to bring a young talented cost controlled defemseman, they might try to do that.

      I also would have no issue trading draft picks for the right upgrade, but probably would not be wild about trading said picks for simply a rental. There’s a time and place for that and I don’t think this is that time or place any longer.

      • Walt says:

        Did I read that correctly E3, not the time or place to deal away picks. You see, there is still hope for you !!!!!!

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

          I knew you’d like that Walt! 🙂

          But, I’m not against trading picks for a longer term play on defense. Just want to clarify!

      • ranger17 says:

        Agree with what you just came back with 100% E E E

      • Bloomer says:

        The Canucks want to make a run at the playoffs and would take Nash in a heartbeat. New York would have to take some salary back perhaps Burrows and right handed pivot Erik Gudbranson.

        • John B says:

          Why would we want to help Vancouver make the playoffs and hurt ourselves?

          Gudbranson is BAD. Not quite Girardi level bad, but BAD. When he’s on the ice the puck is in the Vancouver end of the ice A LOT. Over 30 SA60 and over 10 SCA60 and a GA60 of 3.19. That doesn’t help our problem at all. Burrows is only slightly better. Not much at that.

  2. richs says:

    JT Miller looks good at center and in time should be even better…….He could be the big, fast , physical center we need to compete against the crosbys and kopitars of the world…..
    That being said when Hayes returns, and with Stepans trade value at an all time high, and before his No trade clause kicks in…..its time to move him for assets …
    Last thing we need to do is to lose miller or hayes or zucc or grabner in expansion draft for Nothing!!!.

    • Andy says:

      It’s hard to challenge your post. Stepan is solid, but you have to give something to get something and you can get a lot for him. Also Minnesota has shown interest in him and they are long D men. So there is probably a fit there. And maybe a 3 way trade to get someone like Trouba or Hamilton.
      I would even consider moving a first in deal and getting back a 2nd. I know we have not had a first in 4 years, but aside from Miller and Skeji who have we drafted in the first round that worked out? We actually tend to do better in the later rounds finding bargains. And if you can get a known talent back hat is better than a first that may or may not work out.
      I see us getting D help as, an over the summer thing, not something that will happen before the trade deadline this year.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      I agree Stepan is the one to trade just look at the numbers. JT is a center with ice time and Ozone starts like Stepan would be more productive at far less money.

  3. Hatrick Swayze says:

    List 5 Ranger forwards you’re least willing to trade for an upgrade on D (aka cemented in what you see as our core):

    1) Zibanejad
    3) Hayes
    2) Miller
    4) Kreider
    5) Buchevnich

    My order my be funky but those are my bodies. Would love to see replies….. the more the merrier.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Those are the guys. Some may add Vesey, but you listed the young, cost controlled (for the most part) high upside core of the team.

      Problem is, you’re going to have to trade at least one of them to get back a young, cost controlled defenseman.

      I think the question is which of the 5 would you MOST willing to part with for said defenseman.

      My vote would be Hayes (and I hate having to make this decision).

    • Kris says:

      Hatrick,

      I assume least willing means for a blockbuster you would still move them, I know I would because I dont think their are any that are generational talents. Here is my list and the reasons:

      1) Zibanejad – top 6 talent, center, right handed (right handed onetimer harder to stop then left handed) shoot first mentality (rare for this team), able to penalty kill.

      2) Kreider – Size speed goes to the dirty areas

      3) Buchnevich – Has all the tools to be a real threat once adjusted to NHL.

      4) Hayes – Proved to be growing into a top 6 center, good size which he uses to protect the puck (the way Nash and Jagr do), great vision and hockey IQ

      5) Vesey – even though he seems to hit the rookie wall he seems to have all the tools and prefer his skill set over Millers.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      I would add Vesey and Skjei to that list also.

    • paulronty says:

      I wouldn’t trade any of those guys you listed, but I’d do that trade with Minny I have mentioned before, which is Stepan, ++ for Coyle, 2 of their D & a very good prospect(Tuch or Erikson Ek). ++ could be some combination of Skjei,Staal, Klein, Fast. If Mac is included the return goes up.

      • Hatrick Swayze says:

        Stepan would be my vote too. If I had to make a harder decision on the list of 5 above, I’m not sure which I’d choose to be honest. Coyle really turned it on this year. My thoughts is that he and Granlund would be the 2 hardest forwards to pry away from Minny. If I had to handicap it, I’d say Coyle = Miller regarding type of player, ceiling and organizational importance (though Coyle > Miller in that they seem to have much less replacement talent around him).

        As far as the team in general, Min and Ana seem to be the top 2 fits in terms of trading partners with Cgy in the mix as well.

  4. lv says:

    Trade Nash + one of Pirri,Lindberg, or Fast for a top ‘D’. Would that deal end up exposing Holden in the expansion draft?

    • Hatrick Swayze says:

      Holden and Klein are currently being exposed. Our protection slots are used up by Girardi (required), Staal (required) and McDonagh.

      • lv says:

        You’re right. So what good would it be to trade for a top ‘D’ if we couldn’t protect him? These seems more and more like offseason decisions on a defenseman.

        • Hatrick Swayze says:

          If nothing changes with Girardi and Staal’s protection status, then I’d agree with you. The problem is that no one really knows if the Rangers will approach them to waive their clauses, if the NHL will allow it and if they will comply. Also, they have the buy out option. Assuming no pleasant surprises on those fronts, I’m also of the mindset to wait until summer to make a splash.

          • Walt says:

            Agree, this summer is when the moves should be made, after the draft. Do you really see D or Staal agreeing to be moved, only if the threat of a buy out would they agree!!!!! Who would sign them as UFA, no one would ………

            • Kris says:

              I think there are more teams that would sign Staal over Girardi but think both could get signed. I know I would take them on for 3rd line minutes at 3rd line salary.

              • Walt says:

                There is the problem, their pay for their results…..No one would sign them for their pay, and I’d bet money on it !!!!!!!

          • Ray says:

            I think there is no problem with allow it. If I read them correctly, the draft rules says that such players cannot be exposed without their consent. So exposing consenting NMC players is allowed.

            • Kris says:

              Ray, you cannot expose a player with a NMC without their consent. NHL published a list ours include Nash, Hank, Girardi, Staal. I believe that you can expose NTCs without consent.

      • HARLEMBLUES says:

        When can G be bought out? Because I would buy him out and Staal may have to retire due to head injuries.

        • Walt says:

          As sad as it is, that may well happen, even though I don’t wish ill will on either guy !!!!!

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Nash doesn’t have that much trade value. His cap hit is high and he’s a UFA after next season.

      • lv says:

        I think Nash does have trade value but only this year to a team pushing to make the playoffs needing a scorer and good 2 way guy. We might have to eat some salary.

        • Kris says:

          I think Nash has value but but a team pushing to make the playoffs isnt going to give up a top d for an expiring contract. They may give up picks and prospects but not a top d. I wouldnt trade Nash for picks and prospects though.

  5. Chris F says:

    Nikita Nesterov just picked up by Montreal for scraps (Racine and a 6th rounder).

    23 years old, enjoying some solid production and possession stats, LHD. Not really what the Rangers need, but this is the sort of depth deal that the Rangers should be exploring to help stabilize things until the summer.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Unless you get Girardi off the top pair, any other move is meaningless, it terms of contending.

  6. Peter says:

    Despite being a fine player, Nash’s salary, age and impending UFA make his trade value not high enough to bring back a top defensive talent.

    I am unwilling to trade Buch, Vesey, Miller, Hayes, Zucc, Mika or Krieder because they are the firepower of the future for the team and talented forwards don’t grow on trees.

    I think for this season at least, you hold onto Grabner. He just meshes with the team so well and Inam unsure what he would bring in return. But if some team offered a lot for him, I’d listen.

    I am not enthusiastic about trading Stepan. The guy is a solid #2 center who is a sound two way player and he is only 25. But, if Stepan and a lesser player thrown in yields a true top right Dman, then I’d consider that trade. Oscar looks like he might fill his shoes a bit, but he hasn’t scored much.

    Bottom line for me is I want to retain the young talented forwards and don’t mind more or less standing pat this year. The reasons are 1) I think that they can do better in the offseason, 2) the looming expansion draft, and, 3) they need to add more than one good player at the blue line to truly be a dominant team. I’d rather be patient than be lulled into thinking one signing is going to cure their defenseman shortage.

  7. bernmeister says:

    It is simple
    [anybody can theoretically be dealt, but barring insane offer:]

    youngest core:
    Kreider, Miller, Hayes, Vesey, Buch, Skjei, Graves, Day,
    not moved

    most senior core moveable to reduce cap, get younger:
    Stepan, Nash, Zuc

    keeping unless can move for big upgrade
    {think Stepan + McD + for Sam Reinhart + cap dumps}
    McDonagh
    Grabner

    off the top of my head that covers everybody of significant consequence

    there is no alternative but to buy out Girardi.
    If we didn’t have to protect him in the expansion draft, we could in mere days be able to trade him to half the league without his consent, tho that would still be expensive. So he is a clear buyout ASAP

    Staal I don’t see waiving except for 1 possible: Chicago
    similar to NY, better shot at cup, fits nicely into their D corps

    Blackhawks only do to move even pricier Seabrook off the rolls
    Gorton has to exert discipline and move Seabs to his preferred location as fast as possible, return is secondary, get most cap recovery

    that covers most of it

    • Jack says:

      I would put it all on the world that by the time 10 pm shows on the trade deadline, you will most definitely will be seeing that Stepan got traded. No way will you ever see Mcd name as one of those trade candidate’s, especially not in a package deal next to Stepan’s name.

      You should do yourself a favor and think realistically because every avenue points to trading Stepan but not our cost control D man that is a captain.

      • Kris says:

        I highly doubt Stepan is traded at the deadline, if they were to trade Stepan it would be after the season, before his NTC kicks in. Not saying he will or wont be traded but if traded, IMO that is period it happens in.

  8. Peter says:

    I have no idea why anyone would seriously speculate trading McD or Skjei for that matter. They need additional defenseman to fill out the roster and make it possible to perhaps move Klein or get Girardi off the first pair, not replacing their best one and their developing young blueliner.

    • Kris says:

      Peter,

      Speculating and advocating are two different things. Do I want to trade either, No but for the right person yes. For instance if you trade Mcdonagh for say a true #1 RH defenseman, Karlsson/Doughty/Weber (guys on that list not saying any are even thought of being moved) depending on the other pieces you do it, however its a small list you do it for, making Skjei their partner and thats a solid one pair.

      Assuming your keeping Mcdonagh cause the guys that upgrade him are doubtful to be on the move, comes along to Skjei. A slightly larger list of players I would trade him for, but again it would have to be a top line RH defenseman. If Graves is ready to take the jump from the AHL as some say (I have no clue, I do not watch AHL) then Mac/Trouba Staal/Holden Graves/Girardi is an upgrade on top line that will see 25+ minutes a game, leaving marginal minutes for Girardi.

      I dont think any fan is looking to give away Mcdonagh or Skjei, but some do realize their are players better at what each brings to the table and would for one of those players.

      • John B says:

        Trading Ryan McDonagh for a true #1 RD leaves you needing to then trade for a True #1 LD.

        You’re just switching the problem area.

        • Kris says:

          Im only trading Mac if its an elite number 1, that player would be able to hold Skjei’s weight. Skjei would be on his natural side, this also brings up Graves. There is no RHD ready to come up and fill the role that your trading for. Again, Im only doing it for the true elite if they were able to become available.

          • John B says:

            Brady Skjei is not a #1 LD at this point. Bear in mind, he’s really not a “kid” anymore as he’s only 5 years younger than McDonagh.

            It’s most likely at this point in his career arc he’s a solid #2 LD who can spot fill top pair minutes due to injury.

            Which was my point. Even if you trade McDonagh, an elite LD, for any elite RD, all we’ve done is shift the trouble from the right side of the ice to the left.

            To revamp the defense corps, we need to gain a good RD, at least 1, to stabilize that side of the ice.