I'm hearing NYR would want Bruins' rookie Jake DeBrusk included in any deal for Ryan McDonagh. Ironic, since former Oiler GM Sather traded for Jake's dad Louie when he sent Mark Messier to NYR in 1991.— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 16, 2018
This isn't exactly surprising.
It's been rumored that the Rangers want a mixture of picks and prospects if they're going to move McDonagh, and DeBrusk is about as good an NHL prospect as the Bruins have.
The 21-year-old rookie has 29 points on the season, and would look good in a Rangers forward group that could use a high-end prospect.
For the Bruins, one could argue that they have guys in the system who could replace him. However, the Bruins picked him because he fit their system and style of play better than Mat Barzal, so why deal him now?
I'd put DeBrusk on the list with Danton Heinen of prospects the Bruins should hold on to.
If it takes DeBrusk to get McDonagh, the Bruins are better off leaving him on Broadway.
Would you deal DeBrusk if it meant getting McDonagh in return?
EDIT: Adding some context here around the possible source of the rumors.
Another interesting Matheson connection: Jake's dad works for Sportsnet West, covering the Oilers. Maybe he's heard some whispers, too.— paul van ass (@DreamofJanney) February 16, 2018