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Habs must be ‘shaking their heads’ after trading McDonagh, says AV

Mar 20, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

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Some high praise today for Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, from his coach, Alain Vigneault.

“We were just talking about him before practice about how Montreal must be just shaking their heads,” Vigneault said, per Newsday. “He’s a thoroughbred…Having been with him now for 70 games, not only is he dependable and playing against the top lines, because of his skating and skill set, he’s got offensive potential, and he’s only going to get better…He’s a real force out there. We’re lucky to have him.”

McDonagh, of course, came to New York as part of the Scott Gomez trade in the summer of 2009. The 24-year-old is enjoying a career season, with 37 points in 70 games while logging almost 25 minutes a night on the ice.

And as Vigneault noted, McDonagh isn’t getting the cushy assignments. He starts plenty in the defensive zone, goes up against the toughest competition, and averages 2:44 on the penalty kill.

Even better for the Rangers? McDonagh is locked up through 2018-19 for a mere cap hit of $4.7 million.

  1. bohman88 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Wouldn’t be upset if we had him down here in Washington!

    • 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      No thanks ! I still get a pain in my gut when I think of the Ridley / Miller for Carpenter trade !

  2. c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    id like to see a list of some of the most lopsided trades in the last 10 years….

    the steen/colaiocovo (sp? haha) for stempniak trade is kinda bad but i dont know, i dont know if it qualifies. one sided sure but this one is real bad.

    james neal and matt niskanen for alex goligoski seems to stand out a little still…

    what else you guys got?

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Erik Johnson/Jay McClement for Shattenkirk/Chris Stewart

      Vladimir Sobotka for David Warfosky

      Matt Moulson and 2 picks for Vanek

      Everything by Mike Millbury (and Snow for that matter)

      Can’t remember exactly was BOS got but the Thornton deal was awful

      • c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        i really dont think those are that bad.

        maybe the thornton deal…im trying to remember. marco sturm, brad stuart, and wayne primeau i believe. that one was pretty bad, but honestly, atleast sturm and stuart remained relevant players for a little while.

        Gomez, for whatever reason, has absolutely no place in the nhl anymore.

      • gmanonthird - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        The Sobotka/Warsofsky trade wasn’t horrible. Sobotka was a young, feisty, bottom 6 playmaker who had never managed better than a 4-6-10 stat line. He was trending upward, and with STL, he ended up becoming the player scouts had hoped.

        At the time of the trade, Boston was deep at center and was looking for an offensive defenseman. This was before they found Krug, and around the time they were looking at veterans like Kaberle. Warsofsky was playing well for BU at the time of the trade, and has some puckmoving skills despite being under sized.

        Warsofsky is now completing his 4th year in Providence, and has played well enough to get a couple call ups to Boston. He is currently their best D prospect not playing regularly in the NHL. He should have a chance to be a regular player somewhere in the NHL next season, but with the emergence of Krug, he is a prime candidate to be dealt by Boston this summer.

      • imleftcoast - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Tyler Seguin worked out well for Dallas. Reilly Smith is pretty good, but Loui Eriksson has been hurt a lot. I guess salary cap had a lot to do with that trade.

      • spitfisher - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Can’t remember exactly was BOS got but the Thornton deal was awful….

        we got a cup, that’s what we got.

    • hockey412 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Kunitz and Tangradi (not that Tangradi worked out) for Ryan Whitney

      • c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        yeah now thats the kind of example i am talking about.

        kunitz is playing for team canada and scoring 30 some goals, ryan whitney played himself out of the league.

        the sobotka trade is a decent example. sobotka is an under rated player and warsofsky i dont even know where he is at.

    • schneider99 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Zdeno Chara, the pick that became Jason Spezza and Bill Muckalt for Alexi Yashin, Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, need I go on?

      • 11111111111a22 - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Like I said, anything Millbury did.

    • gmanonthird - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      After dumping O’Connell for Peter Chiarelli, Boston fleeced a few teams.

      Boston trades Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a 2nd round draft pick (Alex Petrovic) to Florida for Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartowski.

      Boston trades Martins Karsums and Matt Lashoff to Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi and a 2nd round draft pick (used in the Seidenberg trade).

      Ray Shero stole James Neal in the trade with Dallas. Niskanen and Goligoski were similar players (Goligoski appeared to have more upside at the time), and Shero managed to get a power forward who regularly scored 20+ goals, and is now a top power forward in the league.

      • kaptaanamerica - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Cam Neely for Barry Pedersen (sp?)
        Markus Naslund for Shawn Antonski
        Roberto Luongo for Todd Bertuzzi
        Brendan Morrison for nothing (something that was really nothing I think)
        Series of Trades to get the Sedins (which really becames the Sedins (two first rounders) for Bryan McCabe, 2 3rd round picks, 1 conditional 3rd rounder)
        1. Vancouver sent defenseman Bryan McCabe and a 2000 first-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks (which became Pavel Vorobiev, who did next to nothing) for the fourth overall pick (which landed with the Rangers and became Brendl)
        2. Brian Burke then sent the No. 4 selection and a pair of third-round picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top overall pick.
        3. Vancouver sent the top pick to the expansion Atlanta Thrashers for the No. 2 selection and a conditional 2000 third-rounder. The deal was that the Thrashers would take Stefan, leaving the Canucks to take the Sedins in sequential order.

      • rrsm53 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

        he is also one of the best cheap shot artist in the NHL also look at what the tool Neal did again last night with his crosscheck to the head. He may be a top forward but he is going to get his clock cleaned one day soon.

  3. hawksin5 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    CHI-MIN cam barker to MIN for Leddy. HAH thanks, minnesota!!

  4. grocerystick101 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    One of the best bargains in the NHL right now. McDonagh is only a step behind the Suters and Webers and Doughtys, but he’s locked up for five more years at 60% of the cap hit. Once he hits UFA he’ll be making that kind of money though.

  5. nyeagles10 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    what a steal lol

  6. xdj511 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I still remember when the trade was made and my friend said we traded Gomez and got two good prospects back for him. The other kid was a Russian named Valentinko or something and never made it. It amazes me that Slats was just looking for a place to dump one of his bad signings and ended up getting a star defenseman in return. Unfortunately I’m sure that whenever Dolan starts to doubt that Slats is a good GM he pulls that stogie out of his mouth and says “remember the Gomez for McDonagh deal” and everything is fine again.

    • 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      I like the second half of your post !

    • prosportswashington - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      To be fair to GM’s that trade prospects, the NHL really can be a crap shoot when it comes to guys reaching their potential. So many top 10 picks never even make it to the NHL, let alone becoming starts. Hindsight is always 20/20

      • prosportswashington - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:42 PM


  7. uscthom78 - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I can’t remember exactly all the pierces but teemu for Oleg tverdovsky….probably a pick and another player involved

  8. uscthom78 - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Patrick Roy to Colorado for I don’t know because the trade was just that bad

    • c9castine - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      juuuuust a little outside the 10 year time frame.

  9. ddaveyy - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    To be fair, if McDonagh had shown anything before the trade, he wouldn’t have been moved like that….it’s just one of those things where a player blossoms after the deal.

    • stakex - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      He was the 12th overall pick in 2007…. obviously he showed something or he wouldn’t have been drafted that high. Montreal just made a really bad trade.

    • grocerystick101 - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      To be more fair, the trade was made just after his 20th birthday and only two years after being drafted 12th overall.

  10. gallyhatch - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Andrew Raycroft for Tuuka Rask.

    • clavette - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      i was not happy when that trade was made. was always a big fan of raycroft but theres no doubt this was an amazing trade for the bruins

    • xaile94 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      I’ve read in several places (obviously, I cannot confirm) that the Bruins were asking gor Pogge and Toronto wouldn’t budge, so they “settled” for Rask. Goes to show the nature of these things (both prospect trafes and goalie trades).

  11. ragsrus - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Davey, what are you talking about. He was a first round draft pick and everybody knew he was a lock to be something special. Ask a Habs fan if you don’t believe me. They curse Gainey to this day.

  12. lbmclean - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    did they shake their heads for 4 and 1/2 years? that would give me a headache

    thanks for the update AV!

  13. emperorzero - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Depending how far we’re going back, Recchi for Desjardins, LeClair and Gilbert Dionne was lopsided.

  14. monsor - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Yeah, you never know with a first round draft pick (See Hugh Jessiman). I think Sather doesn’t really have an idea…he just gets lucky sometimes.

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