The rebuild is on for the New York Rangers and now, another domino has been set up to fall as Ryan McDonagh made his wishes known.
Ryan McDonagh has reportedly submitted his list of ten teams he will not allow the Rangers to trade him to. pic.twitter.com/Y5m6XKtpmT
— Tom Urtz Jr. 🥅📊📉🎰 (@TomUrtzJr) February 15, 2018
In a segment on TSN, Pierre LeBrun said that McDonagh has submitted a no-trade list of 10 teams. His list is a little different compared to other lists meaning that is flexible. The list should not prohibit the Rangers from making a deal involving McDonagh.
Now LeBrun would go on to say that the Rangers will most likely wait until June to trade him. But if a team steps up, like the Blueshirts did for Keith Yandle in the 2014-15 season, they would consider making a deal. LeBrun thinks that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins do have interest in the Rangers captain, but might not be willing to pay the price it would take to land him.
If any player on the Rangers roster can bring in a large package in a trade, it is McDonagh. The Rangers need to hit a home run with this deal and trading him at the deadline would allow them to do that. If a team steps up and overpays the Rangers they would be getting McDonagh for two playoff runs. A deal in the summer would be something along the lines of the Derek Stepan trade this past offseason.
The Rangers acquired McDonagh for Scott Gomez in a trade in 2009. Since then McDonagh has emerged as one of the best defensemen in the league. The Blueshirts named him the teams’ 27th captain in franchise history in 2014.
McDonagh has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury. His status continues to be day-to-day.