2/22/18 | 5:56PM: Pierre LeBrun spoke about Ryan McDonagh and said, "what is interesting and it's what I would do if I was the New York Rangers, the top three teams in the Atlantic Division have shown varying degrees of interest in Ryan McDonagh. Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto but there are two other teams two that have kept tabs with the Rangers on McDonagh. This is a hockey deal, not a rental deal, multi-asset, certainly when it comes to the Bruins, they are still in on McDonagh but the price has to go down, and I am sure the Rangers are saying that they have to bring their offer up." (TSN)
4:35PM: Darren Dreger said that Toronto isn't likely to move one of their "big core pieces" but wonders how Lou Lamoriello would react if asked about Kasperi Kapanen and/or Travis Dermott. (FanRag)
10:53AM: Pierre LeBrun says that McDonagh does not need to approve a trade to Toronto so there are no issues if the Leafs decide to "get serious on an offer to the Rangers."
LeBrun notes that the Bruins are still in the mix on McDonagh but the "price needs to drop."
9:52AM: Pierre McGuire was on TSN1050 this morning and was asked if he would consider trading either Mitch Marner or William Nylander for Ryan McDonagh.
Pierre said, "sure" and noted that McDonagh is a "championship type" of person, a stabilizing player and someone who can play in a shutdown role.
Pierre said that he envisioned the price for McDonagh being three components and Darren Dreger said on TSN 690 on Thursday morning that it would be 3-4 pieces if the Leafs were to acquire McDonagh.
James Duthie was on TSN1050 this morning and said that he would "consider' trading Marner or Nylander, but nothing else, to get McDonagh.
He added, "there is just so much potential with those two guys and there was a way to work around it with first round picks or Kasperi Kapanen and other things. If you can deal the next highest end talent with something else, I would prefer that to Marner or Nylander but I do think it's something you would have to consider if you really thought that was the one thing that separated you from being a legit cup contender."
Elliotte Friedman said on the NHL Network that he still believes the Bruins are interested in McDonagh and that the Rangers are interested in retaining salary in an effort to get the best package.
Dreger said last night that the Leafs are "keenly" interested in Ryan McDonagh.
Adam Rotter: If I am Jeff Gorton, I am holding absolutely firm that if the Rangers are going to send Ryan McDonagh to Toronto, Mitch Marner or William Nylander is coming back in return. Toronto may not do that and if that is the case, I would demand Toronto's 1st round pick last year, Timothy Liljegren, their two second round picks this year and probably something else. It would be interesting to see how the Rangers would react if they were offered Nylander or Marner straight up for McDonagh. Would they be okay with a one for one deal if the piece coming back was Marner or Nylander or do they want multiple pieces? The Rangers can likely get multiple prospects and picks from any team, but is that better than getting someone who can walk right into the Rangers lineup and have a possible transformative impact up front?