February 22, 2018 | 12:55pm ET
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McDONAGH TRADE TALKS PICKING UP

 
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Ryan McDonagh, defenceman

 

The New York Rangers continue to be engaged in trade discussions for captain Ryan McDonagh, whom many around the NHL believe has a very good chance of being traded by Monday’s 3pm ET deadline.

McDonagh, 28, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $4.7 million salary cap hit. He also owns a 10-team no-trade list.

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TFP first reported earlier this month that the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning were extremely high on McDonagh, and while their interest remains significant, other teams have entered the equation.

It’s believed the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights are among the teams to have also expressed some level of interest in McDonagh.

The Rangers are looking for a significant package in exchange for McDonagh; though the actual ask is not yet known, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton could be asking for a first-round draft pick, a top prospect and another asset for McDonagh.

Trade discussions have picked up significantly this week, with one rival team executive, speaking on the basis of anonymity, telling TFP on Thursday morning he believes the Rangers are poised to make a move by the deadline.

The Rangers, of course, do not have to pull the trigger on a deal this month and could wait until closer to the NHL Draft in late-June to make a trade involving McDonagh, or right wing Mats Zuccarello or another member of the club signed beyond this season, but the interest in McDonagh seems to suggest a deal could be trending in the right direction in the coming days.

The Lightning, Maple Leafs and Jets have been the most publicized teams in terms of looking for an upgrade on the blueline and also have the tools to make a deal for a top-pair defenceman.

In 49 games with the Rangers so far this season, McDonagh has tallied two goals and 24 assists for 26 points.

McDonagh currently ranks No.7 on TFP's Top 30 Available Players List.