Ramblings: More On McDonagh To Nashville; Draft Thoughts On Lambert, Huston, and More – July 5

Michael Clifford

2022-07-05

There was an interesting trade over the weekend as Tampa Bay moved defenceman Ryan McDonagh to Nashville in exchange for defenceman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash. Our own Ian Gooding had his take on the trade here.

The reason it interests me, beyond the obvious fantasy implications, is that when writing about this team a week ago, I mused if we wouldn't see a defenceman moved to free up cap space, rather than a forward. My mistake was thinking it would be one of the younger guys who will need a new contract soon like Mikhail Sergachev or Erik Cernak. It never really occurred to me that there would be a trade market for McDonagh, who turned 33 last month and has four years left on his deal at $6.75M a season. Certainly not one where Tampa also wouldn't have to send out futures to alleviate the cap pressure. There certainly are examples of blue liners being very good past the age of 33, like Mark Giordano or Alex Edler. Though there are certainly examples of the opposite, being just a year removed from the monster Ryan Suter buyout and Keith Yandle looking as if his career might be over. It is a huge gamble for Nashville to take.

It is a bit confounding because they're just a year removed from shipping out Ryan Ellis, a younger and better defenceman signed for less per year (Ellis's health this season aside). I took that as the team being ready to turn things over and rebuild for the future, anticipating it may even lead to