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TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: New York Islanders target Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: New York Islanders target Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 20: Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh | New York Islanders

Source: Blue Line Station

A trade with the New York Rangers is never going to happen. Not for important pieces. Since the New York Islanders joined the league in 1972 the two city rivals have traded twice. Both were for minor pieces. Pieces that would hardly alter the course of their respective franchises.

But what if both sides put pragmatism first and decided to improve their clubs irrespective of who they’re doing business with?

The New York Islanders need a defenseman that can do it all relatively well. Both create offense and chip in with some decent production and be sound defensively to limit shot opportunities and in so doing reduce goals against. Ryan McDonagh is that defender.

The Rangers want to get younger, faster, and skilled. That’s what Josh Ho-Sang and a 2018 first round pick will bring. Now, even as this trade is constituted it’s not going to happen. Simply because of the crest on each players jersey.

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Both Ho-Sang and McDonagh seem surplus to their respective team’s requirements. Ho-Sang is toiling away in the AHL likely never to see the light of day in the NHL. And McDonagh is exactly the type of player that can fetch what the Rangers are looking for. Ain’t no one paying top dollar for Rick Nash.

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