American ice hockey player Ryan McDonagh was traded to the Nashville Predators by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday for defenceman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash.
McDonagh, 33, waived his no-movement clause for the trade to the Predators (45-30-7), which qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the eighth straight season. However, Nashville went down in the Western Conference First Round to the Colorado Avalanche which later went on to lift the trophy.
“The first thing that stood out to me was I think where [Nashville] is competitive,” McDonagh said, as quoted by NHL.com. “Anybody that’s played Nashville knows the group they have there and how they’ve made the playoffs and [how they’re] trying to be a contender to win the Cup. As a player, you want to be a part of teams that have a chance to win the Cup.”
“Big point for me to realize that this group is competitive”
The Minnesota native McDonagh, who has four seasons remaining on a seven-year, $47.25 million contract (average annual value of $6.75 million) he signed with Tampa Bay on July 1, 2018, had 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 71 games this season while averaging 22:27 of ice time per game. He played a vital role in leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final with 137 blocked shots and was fourth with 96 hits.
He added: “When Nashville showed interest, it was right away a big point for me to realize that this group is competitive and has all the pieces that I believe you need to win a Cup. You look through their lineup and they’ve got all the pieces and great character guys, guys that have been in the league that have a