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Tampa Bay Lightning trades Ryan McDonagh for Nashville Predators


The Tampa Bay Lightning traded veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators on Sunday to free up space under the NHL’s salary cap.

The Predators sent defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash to the Lightning for McDonagh, 33, who waived his no-trade clause to complete the deal. McDonagh still has four seasons left on his contract with an average annual value of $6.75 million.

McDonagh has played 71 games this season and has 26 points. He averaged 17:50 of 5-on-5 ice time this season, which was his highest since 2013-14 with the New York Rangers (17:56). His 1.04 points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 was his highest rate since 2018-19 (1.46).

McDonagh spent more than four seasons with the Lightning after being traded to Tampa Bay from the Rangers in February 2018. He was integral to their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, anchoring a second defensive pairing behind star Victor Hedman.

But after losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final, the Lightning engaged in conversations with McDonagh about waiving his trade protection as they desperately sought to create cap flexibility. salary – potentially to re-sign longtime winger and playoff hero Ondrej Palat, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Myers, 25, was acquired by the Predators when Ryan Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers last summer. He played 27 games with Nashville last season, averaging 14:52 in ice time. According to Cap Friendly, buying out the remaining year of Myers’ deal would give the Lightning a $616,666 cap credit for next season and $633,334 dead space for the 2023-24 season.

Mismash, 23, played 57 games in 2021-22 for the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate, and had six goals and 12 points in his rookie season. It is a product of the University of North Dakota.

McDonagh gives the Predators three defensemen with a cap over $6 million: Roman Josi ($9.059 million), McDonagh ($6.75 million) and Mattias Ekholm ($6.25 million), all signed until ‘ in 2026. According to Cap Friendly, they have 18 players under contract and just over $18 million in cap space. Striker Filip Forsberg, one of their top scorers, has yet to sign until unrestricted free agency.

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