Tampa and now Boston considered front runners for McDonagh

The rumor mill is churning. As each day passes expect it to go faster and faster until you are dizzy from trade rumors involving the Blueshirts. Here’s the latest.

McDonagh Suitors

Tampa Bay was the team first connected to trading for Ryan McDonagh with Tyler Johnson being the centerpiece coming back. Over the last few days, Johnson’s name has died down and thankfully so.

This evening, Larry Brooks mentioned young Tampa defenseman, Mikhail Sergachev. The kid is 6’3″ and has 29 points in 52 games. If both he and Tyler Johnson were part of a larger package, now my interest is peaked.

If the Blueshirts have their sights set on 19-year-old rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, then that’s the price. If they are homed in on top-flight prospects Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh or Cal Foote, then general manager Jeff Gorton should stick to his guns and force Yzerman to pay the way the Hall of Famer — who takes full advantage of running a team in a no-tax state — forced the Rangers to pay four years ago. – Larry Brooks, NYPOST

Tonight you can enter the Boston Bruins as per Elliotte Friedman into the mix. At the 4 minute mark of the video below he mentions that the Bruins may have the want and the pieces to get McDonagh. Here’s the problem, who are they willing to give up? Personally, if David Pastrnak isn’t coming back (and he isn’t) I wouldn’t be interested. But the more suitors the better.

Nash Open to Canadian Teams

Rick Nash told Larry Brooks that he has Canadian teams on his list. It is safe to assume that means Toronto and Winnipeg since they are in the playoffs. Remember, back in 2016 he had none.

“I included the teams that I think have the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup and are also places I think would be good for my family,” the 33-year-old father of two young children said. “And, yes, that does include teams in Canada. I’m not excluding that as a possibility.” – Larry Brooks, NYPOST

The rumor mill has Nashville, Dallas, and St. Louis as top landing spots but I think SJ is a dark horse in all of this too.

Another interesting tidbit from the article is that Nash is fairly convinced that the Rangers are moving on from him. According to Brooks he said, “If I’m not wanted here” several times, which seems to negate speculation that the Rangers would look to bring him back over the summer.