It is the time of the season (for some of us that will trigger a famous bass line) for rumors and speculation. For Oilers fans, most of the spring has been spent tracking down obvious defensive solutions and tacking on trade ideas to them. No harm there, but as spring pushes to summer, more teams are apparently getting involved—and some names are coming to the fore. One of them? Ryan McDonagh.
Larry Brooks, New York Post: The Rangers, we’re told, are prepared to listen to offers for everyone.That includes Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Chris
Kreider and Kevin Hayes, each player’s availability, of course, will be
dependent upon the exchange rate in return. But nothing is off the
table. And the Wild are believed to have serious interest in native
Minnesotan Stepan. Source
McDonagh is a name one would not expect to see in these exit articles out of Manhattan, and there are a few more in there, too. Stepan? Brassard? The possibility of a major deal is certainly there, but for our purposes today let’s spend a few minutes looking at McDonagh.
- He is 6.01, 216 and turns 27 in June
- He is signed through 2019, $4.7 million cap hit
- His modified NTC kicks in for 2016-17
- 73gp, 9-25-34
- 5×5 per 60: 1.13 (No. 1 among NYR D)
- 5×4 per 60: 3.47
- Corsi for 5×5 per 60: 47.5 percent (No. 5 among NYR D)
- Corsi 5×5 Rel Team: 0.9
- McDonagh’s possession numbers shine when not placed with Dan Girardi
McDonagh is a LHD and if you have been following the Oilers for any length of time you have an extreme understanding of the importance of adding a righty. That said, McDonagh might be an interesting addition, and would allow the Oilers to trade an incumbent LHD for a RHD. McDonagh is in his prime and offers a complete skill set. I think it is an option worth discussing.