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McDonagh making Gomez trade look even more lopsided

Nov 6, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

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Attention Habs fans: Do yourself a favor and don’t read this Larry Brooks column in today’s New York Post.

Not that Habs fans need to be told the Scott Gomez trade was an awful one for their team, but most of the focus has been on the shockingly overpaid Gomez himself.

However, acquiring Gomez isn’t the only thing the Canadiens are regretting about the trade. Rangers GM Glen Sather was also able to get defenseman Ryan McDonagh out of the deal with Montreal GM Bob Gainey. McDonagh is currently averaging 24:58 of ice time per game in Marc Staal’s absence, and according to Brooks, the 22-year-old is “emerging as a force.”

Why were the Habs willing to let the young d-man go? Brooks explains: “The Canadiens apparently expected McDonagh to become a dominant offensive player when they drafted him and, for whatever reason, were not satisfied with his development as a two-way defenseman with offensive skills that might have been dormant.”

For all the heat Sather takes for some of his decisions (and rightly so), this trade ranks up there with the most lopsided in NHL history. You even have to wonder if it saved Sather’s job, though many Rangers fans have speculated Slats has compromising photos of owner James Dolan, so maybe not.

  1. ribs108 - Nov 6, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    …well, at least the Ribeiro deal for a guy (Janne Niinimaa) who went to play in Switzerland at the end of the season worked out – I mean the Theodore deal for a guy (David Aebischer) who went to play in Switzerland the following season worked out – I mean the D’Agostini (21 goals for St Louis) deal for Aaron Palushaj (good depth player…for Hamilton) worked out – I mean the Sergei Kostitsyn (23 goals for Nashville) deal for Dustin Boyd (now in the KHL) worked out – I mean the Latendresse (25 goals for Minnesota in his first year there) deal for Benoit Pouliot (now failing for his 4th team) worked out – I mean the Grabovski (29 goals for Toronto) deal for Greg Pateryn (he’s still in college) worked out. It takes a great GM and pro scouting staff to accomplish such feats of pure genius! Can’t wait for the next Gauthier (i.e. Gainey) blockbuster!!!

    • bigbear42 - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      You forgot the Jagr trade for 3 players that could barely crack an AHL lineup

  2. bwayblues79 - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I was just saying yesterday that, though it is early, McDonagh looks like the offensive-minded yet responsible defenseman the Rangers have been looking for since the days of Brian Leetch. Stall was supposed to be that guy, but his offensive side didn’t pan out quite as big as they’d hoped (his shut-down defense has still made him the Rangers best D-man). Then Del Zotto was supposed to be that guy. He is improving a little more this year, but is still a ways off. If Staal can get healthy, the pairings of Staal-Girardi and McDonagh-Sauer will prove to be two of the highest return, lowest cap-impacting defense pairings in the NHL ($9 million for the four of them this season).

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