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The true reason behind the Ryan McDonagh trade has been revealed


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Samer Dagher
May 21, 2024  (6:57 PM)
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Former Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan McDonagh
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The real reason Ryan McDonagh was traded by the Nashville Predators was revealed today, and it wasn't related to the salary cap.

A surprising trade took place on Tuesday between the Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning sent a 2025 second-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick in exchange for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and a 2024 fourth-round pick.
Many people believed this move was made to create cap space since McDonagh has two seasons left on his $6,750,000 AAV contract. However, GM Barry Trotz clarified in a press conference that this wasn't the reason for the trade.
Trotz explained that McDonagh requested a trade during his end-of-season meeting, and the trade was made to honor that request, not for financial reasons:
"Barry Trotz says Ryan McDonagh asked at exit meetings for the team to consider trading him this summer. Trotz says the trade today was more about that request than clearing cap room."

However, the trade also freed up valuable cap space, which the Predators could use to pursue a top player like Mitch Marner:
"After talking to a few people, the sense is the McDonagh trade is a precursor to an aggressive pursuit of a high-end scorer by Barry Trotz

The Mitch Marner stans are going to be insufferable now"

"We now have 3 1st round picks and 5 2nd round picks for the next 2 years of drafts!

Big move coming????"

Do you think the Nashville Predators will go after Mitch Marner in the trade market?
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We now know the real reason Ryan McDonagh was traded: not salary cap
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