McDonagh to Nashville as Tampa Bay clears caps space

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh skates on the ice during the overtime period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, June 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning have traded McDonagh to the Nashville Predators. They received defenseman Philippe Myers and forward prospect Grant Mismash in the deal. The move clears significant salary cap space for the Lightning to make other moves this offseason. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to the Nashville Predators on Sunday, clearing significant salary cap space to make more moves this offseason.

They received defenseman Philippe Myers and forward prospect Grant Mismash in the deal. Exchanging McDonagh’s $6.75 million cap hit for Myers’ $2.55 million could allow the Eastern Conference champions to bring back top left winger and playoff star Ondrej Palat.

Tampa Bay might also now have the room to bring back defenseman Jan Rutta, who like Palat was set to be a free agent when the market opens July 13. General manager Julien BriseBois did not have an update on either situation, but acknowledged moving McDonagh does open the door to more possibilities.

“It gives us the flexibility to potentially re-sign Palat or Rutta or address holes that need to be filled on the free agent market or the trade market,” BriseBois said, adding he plans to speak with their respective agents in the coming days.

McDonagh, 33, was a key part of Tampa Bay winning the Stanley Cup back to back in 2020 and ’21 and reaching the final this past season. He is under contract for four more years and gives the Predators another seasoned player on the blue line who has reached the playoffs in each of his 12 NHL seasons.

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