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Hard To Define The Value Of Ryan McDonagh When It Comes To A Trade

from Travis Yost of TSN,

It’s going to be difficult to assess the true talent of McDonagh on pure video. How do you effectively capture the fact that he’s almost always been the best player on his pair? How do you properly adjust for the fact that McDonagh has really never been put in a position to succeed?

It’s not easy, and it could make this one of the more complicated trade deadline deals of 2017-18. McDonagh is clearly a strong and capable player off the puck. But how do you weigh shaky team performance and limited individual offensive production against truly brutal deployment – both in terms of teammate quality and the mere fact that so much of his time is spent playing against the opposition’s best in unfavourable situations?

It will be fascinating to see what a team does pay if a trade materializes. There’s clearly a market for him. The question now is how high the price will go. 

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