By trading McDonald’s to Predator, the cap space is greatly cleared.


Julian Brisbore wanted to explain his plans directly to Ryan McDonagh and explained exactly why he asked veteran defenses to abandon the trade ban.

After one of the most difficult conversations during his tenure as General Manager, BriseBois traded with prominent members of the two Stanley Cup Championship teams during the Tampa Bay Lightning success to win again in the future. Probably the most difficult move ever made. Year.

Lightning sent McDonald’s to Nashville Predators on Sunday, sending young defense Philip Myers and forward prospect Grant Miss Smash.

After previously predicting that his team’s cup window will only last next season, Brise Bois, who runs McDonald’s, has changed NHL’s most successful franchise game in the last five years.

“This will ensure that we can extend beyond one season,” says Brise Bois. “This year, we released the cap space in 2022-23, and more importantly, we released the cap space after 2023-24. This will allow Anthony Cirelli, Mikhail Sergechev, for the next few years, Eric Chernak. “

Shortly after exchanging McDonald’s $ 6.75 million cap hit for Myers’ $ 2.55 million, the Eastern Conference champion was able to regain the upper left winger. Playoff star Ondray Paratt And / or trusted defender Jan Lutta. At the opening of the market on July 13, each was scheduled to become a free agent.

BriseBois didn’t have the latest information on either situation, but admitted that running McDonagh opens the door to more possibilities. He will talk to Palato and Lutta’s agents in the next few days.

Tampa Bay talks about why McDonald’s needs to prioritize other players in the future and finishes the playoffs 3 consecutive finals By playing with a broken finger. Best of all, McDonald’s was known to sacrifice his body to block shots while locking down enemy top stars.

“He’s one of the best defenders in the NHL. He’s a selfless player and a great leader,” said Brise Bois. “Ryan McDonagh is a great person and a great hockey player. He has won many and helped us to win many.”

BriseBois said he had never considered asking McDonald’s to waive the trade ban if he expected more salary caps and would have been happy to sign another four-season contract.

Predator now wins another veteran player on the blue line who reached the playoffs in those years and in each of his 12 NHL seasons. In a statement released by the team, general manager David Poyle called McDonald’s “the ultimate team player for experience and leadership” and a person who can play in any situation.

“It was an incredible five years. I want to take advantage of all my experience on the losing and winning sides to do something special with the Nashville Group,” McDonald said about his time in Tampa Bay. I am thinking.”

Myers has been trading in a series of off-seasons after traveling from Philadelphia to Nashville last summer on a deal that sent defense Ryan Ellis to Flyers. After the Predators exempted him last season and lent him to a top affiliate in Toronto’s minor league, the 25-year-old Tampa Bay became Tampa Bay’s latest value rehab project.

BriseBois said it plans to work with Myers rather than considering buying the final year of the deal.

“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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