On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie was asked if the Rangers would be open to hearing offers on captain Ryan McDonagh.
McKenzie responded with, "the Rangers are not committed to trading Ryan McDonagh. He is going to be 29 years old, he is under contract for one more year at $4.7 million but if you look at what the Rangers did last year and the trade of Derek Stepan, the buying out of Dan Girardi, they are reloading."
He added, "they don't want to call it a rebuild because New York never wants to call it a rebuild but I would say that they are doing their due diligence just in the event they may be in a position, if the team falls right out of it, if they get an unbelievable offer on a guy like McDonagh. I think they will do that with all of their players, with McDonagh, Mats Zuccarello, who has a year left on his deal, and with pending UFAs Michael Grabner and Rick Nash."
McKenzie continued, "that doesn't mean they are committed to trading those players but they want to gauge now what the market is and what they might get back."
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On TSN 1050 10/24, Michael Landsberg asked Darren Dreger about the Rangers, Ryan McDonagh and if he was someone that the Rangers may entertain offers for.
Dreger said, "I think they would really, really have to bottom out, he's an important piece of the team. Their defense is pretty good, some nights it is just okay, on other nights it needs some work but he is a big part of that. Anything is possible in today's NHL, I've never heard that name out there. They would really have to get into a dark area for them to consider that. He fits into the dynamic of the Leafs but the Rangers, they are in a win now mode, he has proven that he can be a star in the NHL. It would be a great fit for Toronto but I don't think it happens."
Adam Rotter: McDonagh's name is being mentioned because he is a UFA after next season and because the Rangers, while still trying to win with Henrik Lundqvist, have also shown signs that they are thinking about the future. I've always expected McDonagh to be part of that future and for him to be the Rangers captain well past the end of Henrik Lundqvist's time with the Rangers. McDonagh, while not in the Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, Brent Burns class, is excellent player that probably too often is trying to do too much and compensate for other issues the Rangers may have.
Teams will call about McDonagh and the Rangers should listen in the same way that they should listen on every player they are called about. The price for McDonagh should be extremely high and start with young, very high upside player(s) that could be part of the Rangers for a long time. The Rangers should really only move Ryan McDonagh if they are getting player(s) with Ryan McDonagh-type potential in return.