Ryan McDonagh is traded to the Predators

The Tampa Bay Lightning were caught by serious salary cap management issues and were forced to trade one of their best players.

Ryan McDonagh, one of the best players on the team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups, just joined the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash.

Myers is a 25-year-old right-handed defenseman who has split his time between the NHL and the American League this year. He had four points in 27 games with Nashville and seven in 16 games with the Toronto Marlies.

Mismash himself is a 23-year-old winger who scored 12 points in 57 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, home club of the Milwaukee Admirals Preds.

It is therefore a minimal return for a very high quality player, but Julien BriseBois was in poor form. McDonagh, now 33, will rake in $6.75 million by 2026.

In fact, the main advantage of this transaction is that the Lightning frees up a lot of space below the salary cap. According to Frank Seravalli, Myers will be acquired, meaning this transaction will free up $7.3 million for the club.

If we add McDonagh’s salary and the money freed up by the Myers acquisition, we get this number.

However, the takeover rumors were denied by BriseBois. There is only one contract year left for Myers with a cap of $2.55 million. If his contract is bought out they would save money next season but be penalized the next.

As Charles-Alexis Brisebois reported earlier this week, Tampa worked with its defense attorney to facilitate a trade.

The club therefore have a little more leeway to re-sign Ondrej Palat and Jan Rutta. Nick Paul, who could have become an unrestricted free agent, just signed a seven-year, $21 million deal a few days ago.

Mikhail Sergachev, Eric Cernak, Ross Colton, Cal Foote and Anthony Cirelli will need new agreements in 2023-2024 and this transaction will therefore facilitate negotiations.

This is obviously a huge loss for Tampa. McDonagh isn’t the greatest offensive player, but he’s an excellent defender with good leadership.

During last year’s playoffs, Jon Cooper even said his defenseman deserved votes for Conn Smythe.

It’s an excellent acquisition, then, from David Poile, the Predators’ longtime general manager. With Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Alexandre Carrier and now McDonagh, the team now has a solid defensive brigade.

The American defender would also have lifted his eligibility clause to join the team.

This exchange also gives the organization the arguments needed to prove to Filip Forsberg, who will become an unrestricted free agent in a few days, that this is a serious team that wants to win.

Forsberg, author of 42 goals and 42 assists in 69 games last season, is looking for a generous contract, but the Tennessee lineup has the cash to get him the contract he wants. The two parties are close to an agreement and we will have to wait and see what the impact of this transaction will be.

Recall that McDonagh, who was originally drafted by the Canadian but switched to the Rangers in exchange for Scott Gomez, had been acquired by the Lightning in 2018.


– Although they probably won’t reveal much, it could be interesting.

– After years of the doldrums, it looks like the senators finally want to be competitive.

– We all want it

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