Over the weekend, rumors abounded that the Bruins are in on the Rick Nash trade talks. Last week, Ryan McDonagh was all the rage in these talks. The New York Rangers are in rebuild mode and ware willing to deal away key assets like their top pairing left defenseman and captain and, oh, an expensive rental like Nash.
Apparently, the Bruins are still in the discussion for McDonagh. In the offseason, Bruins GM wanted to add to his defensive corps on the left side, if only even for depth. Now, it could very much be a reality.
McDonagh is signed through the 2018-2019 at $4.7 million, which isn’t a terrible cap hit. But any move the B’s make requires sending major money back the other way, say a contract like Matt Beleskey’s one time reasonable deal which is now buried. On Pro Hockey Talk, the case is being made for McDonagh to go to either Boston or Tampa Bay, where the author believes that he’ll flourish despite the usual post-trade woes that players face:
In a lot of cases, a big name struggles after a move. There are plenty of potential explanations for that, from off-ice (dealing with distractions like finding a place to live) to on the ice (chemistry with linemates, a different coach, a less fancy team jet if you’re Mike Modano).
Allow me to wager that McDonagh might actually flourish on a strong team like the Bruins or Lightning, or really any contender that could use someone like him (which, honestly, is just about any contender, especially if they move players along with futures in a trade).
He also states that McDonagh has been plagued by the play of his partner in the past, Dan Girardi, who “the Rangers bought out Girardi, essentially paying him not to play for their team any longer.” (Their words not mine, but I would say them.) But, the problem is that Dan Girardi is also in Tampa Bay, who the Lightning are ostensibly paying to play. So, if they get him, maybe those two should like not be a pair.
Greg Wyshynski, now of ESPN, suggested in his and Emily Kaplan’s ESPN podcast, ESPN on Ice (which is a good league-wide listen) that he would love to see Ryan join up with his fellow Minnesotans on, you guessed it, the Wild just because it would be fun.
If the Bruins are in on him, I have no doubt that he would play well. However, that means someone is left sitting out, probably Matt Grzelcyk, who has stepped up his game and played so well it would be an injustice to make hims sit or send him down, if that can even happen. This team has such a delicate balance that I would hate to disrupt.
As for Rick Nash, let’s take a hard pass on him. He’s an expensive rental who disappears in the post-season. While his versatility at wing is great, why take him at his pro-rated $2,264,516 (minus the daily $41,935) toward your cap when you can grab another winger who plays both sides, Michael Grabner. He’s cheaper and has 23 goals on the season.
Personally, I’m good with a quiet trade deadline because I’ve grown to love the cubs and their elder bears and the salary cap stuff sometimes just hurts my head. But, change is likely to come and we best be prepared for it.
Who would you like to see on this team come deadline time? Anyone new or stay the same?