Breaking Trade: Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Acquire Ryan McDonagh

 The Tampa Bay Lightning have reacquired their former assistant captain and two-time Stanley Cup champ Ryan McDonagh from the Nashville Predators, in exchange for two draft picks. 

The Predators receive a 7th-round pick in the 2024 Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. In addition to McDonagh, the Bolts also receive Edmonton’s fourth-round pick in this year's Draft.

McDonagh waived his no-trade clause in order to accept the trade. He has a $6.75M cap hit for 2 more seasons, and there is no salary retention by the Preds on the deal.

The 34-year-old defenceman spent 4 1/2 seasons with the Lightning, and was a key factor in their two Stanley cup runs. In 2022 he led all players in the playoffs with a plus-minus rating of +18 in 23 games.

Though turning 35 next month, McDonagh showed he's still a top-four d-man these past two seasons with the Predators, this year recording 32 points and a +19 rating. 

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