Apparently, that scout report is pretty old. McDonagh has been struggling lately and been quite mediocre at the U20 and failed to make the #1 pairing in Wisconsin (RedScull told me on IRC).
There's clearly some concern with his development. That said, he could be flipped out in Heatley trade and always remember that defenseman develop at a slower pace than forwards. If he stays a Ranger, I hope he turns pro this year so he can develop in Hartford.
if sather doesnt flip McDonagh to Ottawa i would like to see him sign McDonagh and have him play this season in hartford. McDonagh might have stalled his growth at Wisconsin and might need to take the next step in his development
Definately should hold on to McDonagh. Especially now since the speculation has Heatley going to the Oilers we can retain this 15+mil in cap space. We can resign many of our guys and take care of Zerdev and perhaps Antropov. Perhaps we can make a go for Hossa!
Having McDonagh in addition to all our other high D prospects is not just a gift it is a blessing! Sather you did it ya *******!!!!
If we can move Roszival I would really flip the **** out! This would then give us 20Million in cap room. What A BLESSING!!!!!!!
Don't know anything about him, but from what a Hab fan said, he will be a top 4 on your team, maybe even a top 2. I'm not a ranger fan, but you guys will have one hell of a blueline in a couple of years. congrats on being able to get rid of Gomez.
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There's a poll on the Montreal board, asking what people like LEAST about the deal. The top two choices are "Gomez's salary" and "Losing McDonagh." Meaning that 50% of those Habs posters are worried more about losing the prospect than paying Gomez $7M. Take that for what it is worth.
If I'm Sather, forget about the overpaid disgruntled players. If you are going to package prospects, trade some of our prospects for a player like Matt Duchene. Can't tell me Colorado would not be tempted for one of McDonagh/Sags/MDZ and a forward (not named Kreiger/Evgeny/Anisimov) maybe Stepan.
I'd hate to give up Stepan but we are trading up for a player like Duchene. We keep the cap space and STILL have amazing organization depth.
There's the chance he could be a bust, but that's the way it goes with prospects. There's probably a few Habs fans trying to make themselves feel better as well.
His offensive game hasn't developed as quickly as expected, but it's a little early to write the kid off.
Thanks. Just seemed strange he would have a good chance at busting out being he has an 8.0B HF rating...I know that's not a guarantee, but if they are saying his worst case scenario is likely a 2nd pairing guy it sounds like his chances of making it in the NHL are pretty darned good.