I can understand the Rangers fans not completely loving this trade because they didn't receive an elite player in return for there biggest asset. They will have to draft their elite player. Bolts were able to get what they wanted without moving Point, Serg or Foote which was a major win for them.
Yup i get it. Most people want to ere on the side of quality over quantity all the time but if ever the quantity is of a high enough level already, its no consolation prize. Its a good deal. Sometimes those 4 assets are worth more than a Sergachev by himself.
Any time you can trade a player for what can be considered virtually four 1st round picks (albeit probably all late picks), I think you got more then fair value back.
Its not like Howden or Hajek are 23-24 year old prospects who have yet to really crack the NHL and have a chance of being career AHL'ers. These guys were drafted just 2 years ago and are good prospects. Maybe not elite level but definitely not "nobodies". I secretly wanted to the Habs to try and swing a deal with TB so that maybe Howden could come to the Habs. So frankly NYR fans, I'm jealous on getting him alone.
Lastly, there wasn't any precedent for a big a trade like this yet. At least that I remember off hand. Looking at what Yandle got from the Rangers a while back and whether you like it or not, Yandle at the time was almost as highly regarded as McDonagh was, I'm not sure you can equate the difference in the package McDonagh got compared to what Yandle eventually got.
I like the deal for both teams. TB went full tilt all in and NYR are blowing it up. Both got exactly what they needed. Far from a fleece for either team.