The New York Rangers have been honest with fans and are expected to move veteran and star players ahead of the trade deadline. With only weeks to plan major trades, general manager Jeff Gorton has lots of options to evaluate before he pulls the trigger, and the Boston Bruins might offer him a deal he simply cannot pass on.
The Bruins, who currently sit in second place of the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference with 74 points, have been looking for a quality defenseman on the market. They need a blue liner who will take heavy minutes on the ice, to cut down the time of veteran captain Zdeno Chara, who is not getting any younger, and push young rookie Charlie McAvoy to make the right choices in his first postseason in the NHL.
Enter Ryan McDonagh.
The Rangers are likely to try to move McDonagh, along with veteran forward Rick Nash and top scorer Mats Zuccarello, but the defenseman could answer the needs of Boston. According to the Hockey Writers, McDonagh would be a perfect fit for the Bruins, who could pony up the right package for the Blue Shirts' captain.
The Rangers are seeking a heavy return for McDonagh, which is believed to include a top prospect, a first-round draft pick and another asset. The Bruins do have their first-round pick in this June’s NHL Draft and could place it on the line for immediate help on the back end.
However, the Bruins might face competition for the 28-year-old defender as the Tampa Bay Lightning is also said to be interested in landing a top defenseman for a long playoff run. They also have their first-round pick in this June’s NHL Draft ready to be used.
Other defensemen are available on the market, which includes Mike Green of the Detroit Red Wings, so if the Bruins really want to acquire McDonagh, they might have to pull the trigger sooner rather than later...