Sorry, but McDonagh is absolutely and positively not going anywhere right now.
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Well, McDonagh is just untouchable. Like someone said before, it would have to be value wise like Granlund+Brodin. Minnesota doesn't want to give up its prospects and the Rangers frankly have no reason to trade McDonagh unless a better defenseman is coming back. And the list of those is few.
As for Stepan, I can only see Stepan+ for Koivu. Though I don't see why you guys even need him with Koivu and Granlund.
Besides the fact that these fellas are from Minnesota, I see no real reason for them to go. Stepan's not a great fit and McDonagh, well, there's really no one player I would want for him from the Wild. He's too valuable to us.
That's awful for the Rangers. They add nearly double in salary while downgrading overall.
Not only that, but they just added Nash, why would they need Heatley? By the time the season starts if it does, Gaborik will be back, and both Gaborik and Nash are far better than Heatley at this point. Not only that, but Heatley's style of play doesn't fit the Rangers at all.
The only player that interests me from Minnesota is Koivu.
The Rangers are clearly unwilling to deal away Mcdonagh (and frankly I don't blame them a bit) while the Wild have no room for Stepan right now. The Rangers aren't exactly the team to try to be dealing away Heatley's massive contract to either. As for Parise and Suter, both have full NMCs for at least the first year of their deals, probably even more.
Yowza. I wouldn't want to give up the pieces for what it would take to acquire McDonagh and/or Stepan. As good as they are, it would set the Wild back. They, especially McDonagh, would take require a massive overpayment. No point in Minnesota doing that.
Yeah, Minnesota says no thanks based on the price you would need to pay to get either of those great young players. I think the Wild roster is pretty much set if there is a season, depending on how the prospects play and how the injuries hit.