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By trading McDonna to Predators, the cap space is greatly cleared.

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Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Michael Bunting battles for the puck with Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Ryan McDonagh at Scotiabank Arena.
Toronto Maple Leafs Left-wing Michael Bunting Scotia Fight for Puck with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh at Bank Arena. Photo: Nick Turchiaro /USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Nashville veteran defense Ryan McDonagh Traded to Sunday predators, clearing considerable salary cap space to make more moves this offseason.

They received a contract with defense Philip Myers and forward prospect Grant Miss Mash. By exchanging McDonald's $ 6.75 million cap hits for Myers' $ 2.55 million, Eastern Conference champions will be able to regain the playoff star Ondray Parat with the upper left winger.

Tampa Bay may have room to bring back defensive Jan Lutta. Jan Lutta was scheduled to become a free agent like Palato at the opening of the market on July 13. However, moving McDonald's has admitted that it opens the door to more possibilities.

"This gives us the flexibility to re-sign Palat or Rutta and address the holes that need to be filled in the free agent and trade markets." Brise Bois added. I will talk to each agent in the next few days.

McDonald's, 33, played an important role in Tampa Bay, who won the Stanley Cup in a row in 2020 and 21 and reached the finals this past season. .. He has a four-year contract to provide Predator with another veteran player on the Blue Line who has reached the playoffs in each of the NHL's 12 seasons.

"Ryan McDonough is the ultimate team player to bring experience and leadership to our lineup," Predator's GM David Poil said in a statement. "I couldn't be more excited about his abandonment of his no-movement clause to come to Nashville. He has the ability to play in any situation, so he immediately defends us. Strengthen the corps. "

Myers sent defenseman Ryan Ellis to Flyers, which has been traded in consecutive off-seasons since he went from Philadelphia to Nashville last summer. increase. This 25-year-old boy became Tampa Bay's latest value rehab project after a lot of hard work last season. The Predators exempted him and lent him to a top affiliate in Toronto's minor league.

BriseBois said he plans to work with Myers rather than considering buying the final year of his contract.

"For some reason, things went wrong at the end of Philadelphia and Nashville last season," he said. "We believe there are enough intriguing tools out there to work with him and help us reach the possibilities we saw so long ago."

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