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Report: Rangers want Jake DeBrusk in potential Ryan McDonagh deal

Ty Anderson
February 16, 2018 - 4:37 pm

Everybody knows it will take a haul for the Rangers to move defenseman Ryan McDonagh by the Feb. 26 trade deadline, but the Bruins are apparently getting their first real idea of New York’s (steep) asking price for the 28-year-old captain.

According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, the Rangers demand rookie Jake DeBrusk be included in any package sent to the Blueshirts in exchange for McDonagh.

In just his second pro season (and first in the NHL), the 21-year-old DeBrusk had recorded 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games, and has become a fixture to the left of David Krejci on the Black and Gold’s second line. DeBrusk has become a dirty darling of sorts, too, as he’s created 91 scoring chances as five-on-five (second-most on the team), including 29 high-danger scoring chances, as well eight attempts off the rush and 11 rebounds generated through his offensive attack (both second among B’s forwards).

But DeBrusk would not be the only piece going to New York, as the Bruins would also have to throw in somebody like second-year NHLer Brandon Carlo, as well as another prospect and/or future first-round pick given Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton’s insistence on adding young, NHL-readypieces that he believe can accelerate the rebuild on Broadway.

McDonagh, signed through the 2018-19 season at $4.7 million per season, is a left-shot d-man who's recorded two goals and 26 points in 49 games this season, and has also drawn interest from the Lightning. The Rangers asked McDonagh, averaging 23:55 per game, to submit his 10-team no-trade list earlier this week.  

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