Tampa Bay Acquires Ryan McDonagh From Nashville

We got a rare mid-May trade in the NHL on Tuesday afternoon. The Tampa Bay Lightning brought back defenseman Ryan McDonagh in a deal with the Nashville Predators.

The full trade: Tampa sends McDonagh and Edmonton’s fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft to Tampa for the Lightning’s seventh-round pick in 2024 and their second-round pick in 2025.

McDonagh, who turns 35 in June, was traded to Nashville by Tampa for Grant Mismash and Philippe Myers in July of 2022.

Apparently the Bolts still don’t care about their draft assets. What’s more, there is reportedly no salary retention in this deal; Tampa will take on all of McDonagh’s $6.75M cap hit for the final two seasons of his contract. The Lightning are still looking at a summer in which the future of the face of their franchise, Steven Stamkos, is an unrestricted free agent. And, according to CapFriendly, they only had $11.785 million in cap space to work with before this trade.

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