Lightning acquire D Ryan McDonagh, Nashville’s fourth-round pick

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

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

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, McDonagh has played 14 seasons in the NHL between the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay and Nashville. He has appeared in 928 NHL games, recording 76 goals and 389 points with a plus-246 rating. McDonagh was a Stanley Cup champion with the Lightning in 2020 and 2021 and scored 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 Draft. He was a two-time NHL All-Star selection in 2016 and 2017.