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Trade between Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators is finalized


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Sam Jones
May 21, 2024  (12:30)
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In a strategic move that marks the beginning of the NHL off-season, the Tampa Bay Lightning has reacquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh in a trade with the Nashville Predators.

This transaction not only brings a seasoned player back to the Bolts but also addresses their crucial need for strengthening the defense.
Ryan McDonagh, a 34-year-old defenseman and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Lightning, is known for his robust defensive play and significant experience on the ice. Last season with the Predators, McDonagh accumulated 32 points across 74 games and remains under contract for another year with a cap hit of $6.75 million. His return to the Lightning is timely, as the team's defense weaknesses notably contributed to their first-round exit in this year's playoffs.
The trade appears mutually beneficial. While the Lightning bolsters their lineup with a familiar and proven talent, they also secure a fourth-round pick, enhancing their future prospects. For the Predators, the deal frees up nearly $7 million in cap space and nets them a mid-second round draft pick. This move is indicative of the Predators' strategic shift towards retooling, aimed at optimizing their roster and financial flexibility by moving an older player with a substantial return.
Both teams are setting their sights on future competitiveness, with the Lightning aiming for another deep playoff run in the upcoming season. As the NHL off-season progresses, this trade will undoubtedly be a benchmark for subsequent team strategies in the league.
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Trade between Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators is finalized

Who emerged victorious in the exchange?

Tampa Bay1653.3 %
Nashville1446.7 %
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