Lightning acquire defenseman Ryan McDonagh, fourth-round pick from Nashville

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh and the Edmonton Oilers’ fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Tampa Bay’s 2025 second-round pick and seventh-round pick round in 2024, Vice President and General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

McDonagh, 34, played in 74 games for the Predators last season, scoring three goals and 32 points to rank second among Nashville defensemen. McDonagh led the Predators with a plus-19 rating and ranked second among all Nashville skaters in blocked shots (139) and average time on ice (21:47) in 2023-24. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound defenseman averaged five blocked shots per 60 minutes (5.17) for the 12th time in his career.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, McDonagh played 14 seasons in the NHL between the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay and Nashville. He appeared in 928 games in the NHL, scoring 76 goals and 389 points with a plus-246 rating. McDonagh was a Stanley Cup champion with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021 and had one goal and 13 points during those playoffs.

McDonagh is a former first-round pick (12th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was twice selected as an NHL All-Star in 2016 and 2017.

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