Ok, first its my birthday today and wow did I get a nice gift. Glen Sather absolutely ripped the Montreal Canadians off today.
Not only do my beloved Rangers get rid of $7.35 million / year for the next 5 years for a 16 goal scorer. They get Chris Higgins, age 26 and 1.85 in cap, Meh ok, he plays hard but is injury prone. I would have been happy with a couple used pucks to rid myself of Gomer's cap hit.
Slats also throws in a lousy prospect and decent 3rd line prospect in Tommy Pyatt, hard nose player.
Slats gets back a Russian kid that could turn out, a cone AND
The Habs #1 prospect in the system...... holy hell
Ryan Fing McDonagh, #1 pick in 2007
6-1 212 pound blue liner, plays mean and could pair with Marc Staal for the next 10 years.
From Hockey's Future:
McDonagh's key asset is his speed, which has been described by the club's director of player development and acquisition, Trevor Timmins, as "dimensional." Added to this is his ability to play an all-ice game. He's responsible in his own end and has the size to be a physical force. He combines that with an ability to contribute on the offensive end of the rink, making the smart pass and keying the rush.
McDonagh has it all and is expected to play a key role in the Canadiens' fortunes for the next decade. If not a number-one blueliner, he would be considered a 1A, with the talent to easily stake a long-term claim on the first defensive pairing.