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The Tampa Bay Lightning acquire veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh from the Nashville Predators, aiming to solidify their blue line for another playoff run.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have once again secured the services of veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh, acquiring him along with a 2024 fourth-round pick from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick. This strategic trade marks McDonagh’s return to the Lightning after being dealt to the Predators in July 2022.

The trade represents a calculated gamble for both teams. While McDonagh, who turns 35 next month, brings a wealth of experience and playoff success to the Lightning’s blue line, his $6.75 million AAV cap hit for the next two years adds a significant financial commitment for the team. The Lightning are banking on McDonagh’s leadership and defensive prowess to bolster their roster as they continue their pursuit of another Stanley Cup championship next season.

For the Predators, the trade offers an opportunity to address their financial constraints. With Matt Duchene’s buyout leaving a $6.55 million cap hit for next season, shedding McDonagh’s salary provides much-needed relief. While McDonagh’s contributions on the ice were evident with 32 points in the 2023-24 regular season, the Predators are prioritizing their financial flexibility for future roster moves.

The Lightning’s decision to reacquire McDonagh signals their unwavering commitment to winning. With a proven track record of success in Tampa Bay, McDonagh’s leadership and defensive acumen are expected to have a positive impact both on and off the ice.

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