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2:06 PM ET The Tampa Bay Lightning traded veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville...

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The Tampa Bay Lightning traded veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators on Sunday to clear area below the NHL wage cap.

The Predators despatched defenseman Philippe Myers and ahead Grant Mismash to the Lightning for the 33-year-old McDonagh, who waived his no-trade clause to make the deal occur. McDonagh has 4 extra seasons on his contract with a $6.75 million common annual worth.

McDonagh performed 71 video games this season and tallied 26 factors. He averaged 17:50 in ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which was his highest price since 2013-14 with the New York Rangers (17:56). His 1.04 factors per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 was his highest price since 2018-19 (1.46).

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

However after dropping to the Colorado Avalanche within the Stanley Cup Ultimate, the Lightning engaged in conversations with McDonagh about waiving his commerce safety, as they had been determined to create salary-cap flexibility — doubtlessly to re-sign longtime winger and playoff hero Ondrej Palat, who’s an unrestricted free agent.

Myers, 25, was acquired by the Predators in final summer time’s Ryan Ellis commerce with the Philadelphia Flyers. He performed 27 video games with Nashville final season, averaging 14:52 in ice time. In accordance with Cap Pleasant, shopping for out the remaining yr of Myers’ deal would give the Lightning a $616,666 cap credit score for subsequent season and $633,334 in useless cap area within the 2023-24 season.

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Mismash, 23, skated in 57 video games in 2021-22 for the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate, and tallied six targets and 12 factors in his rookie season. He’s a product of the College of North Dakota.

McDonagh provides the Predators three defensemen with a cap hit over $6 million: Roman Josi ($9.059M), McDonagh ($6.75M) and Mattias Ekholm ($6.25M), all of them signed via 2026. In accordance with Cap Pleasant, they’ve 18 gamers below contract and simply over $18 million in cap area. Ahead Filip Forsberg, one in every of their main scorers, stays unsigned forward of unrestricted free company.