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  1. #1
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    Lightning acquire Ryan McDonagh, JT Miller from Rangers

    Talk about Tampa Bay going all in, and they didn't get just rentals either.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning were among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup before Monday's NHL trade deadline, but they just upped their chances by agreeing to acquire defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers.

    The Rangers will receive a 2018 first-round draft pick, a conditional second-rounder in 2019, forward Vladislav Namestnikov -- who will be a restricted free agent after the season -- and prospects Libor Hajek and Brett Howden. If the Lightning win the Stanley Cup this season or next, it is believed the 2019 pick becomes a first-rounder, according to TSN.

    The trade was reportedly agreed to just before the 3 p.m. deadline and the league had to be informed for it to go through.

    "[Lightning general manager Steve] Yzerman said he feels that I'm a good character guy and that I can add a lot to the back end," McDonagh said, according to NHL.com. "I want to do whatever I can to help win. There's some big expectations there that I'd love to help be a part of."

    Neither McDonagh nor Miller are rentals. McDonagh, 28, is under contract next season with a $4.7 million cap hit, while Miller, 24, has a cap hit of $2.75 million and will be a restricted free agent after this season.

    As the Rangers reshape their roster, they have traded their team captain, a title McDonagh has held the past four seasons.

    McDonagh has two goals and 24 assists on the season while he continues to be a reliable presence on the ice, averaging more than 22 minutes per game for the seventh consecutive season.

    Miller has 13 goals and 27 assists in 63 games this season after breaking the 20-goal mark in each of the past two.

    McDonagh was an All-Star in 2016 and 2017. He was a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2007 but has played his entire NHL career with the Rangers after signing an entry-level contract with the club in 2010.

    Namestnikov, 25, has 20 goals and 24 assists this season -- sometimes playing on a line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.

    It marks the second time in four years the Rangers have traded their captain to Tampa Bay at the deadline. In 2014, New York dealt captain Ryan Callahan (along with two draft picks) to the Lightning for Martin St. Louis. McDonagh took on the role of captain the following season.

    Former Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi signed with Tampa last July.

    http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/2...ryan-mcdonough

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    If real life was a PSD game... this trade would’ve been unanimously vetoed [emoji23] lol. Gorton must REALLY like Namestnikov because I honestly would’ve thought this was a decent deal for JT Miller alone... it seems like they got extremely desperate for some reason


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    Quote Originally Posted by homie564 View Post
    If real life was a PSD game... this trade would’ve been unanimously vetoed [emoji23] lol. Gorton must REALLY like Namestnikov because I honestly would’ve thought this was a decent deal for JT Miller alone... it seems like they got extremely desperate for some reason


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    Miller for Namestnikov straight up.

    McDonagh for Howden/Hajek/1st/2nd

    How people think this is a lopsided trade is beyond me. McDonagh will be a free agent after next season and at 29 years old will almost certainly command 6 million plus a year.

    Most people don't understand just how average McDonagh has been this season. Now I fully expect him to regain some of his old form playing on a serious contender, but something has been missing since the start of the season. I hope nothing but the best for Miller and McDonagh but this was a fine trade for both teams.

    The Rangers now have (3) firsts and (3) seconds in the upcoming draft. They will be terrible next year but you should start to see serious dividends paid by the 19/20 season.

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    I would easily take Miller over Namestnikov... not even close imo


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    Quote Originally Posted by homie564 View Post
    I would easily take Miller over Namestnikov... not even close imo


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    Similar players but yeah I agree. Miller has that powerforward element to him and is currently second on the Rangers in scoring.

    Tampa won this trade man.

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    Tampa wins this by a mile.

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    Tampa could win a cup now with their acquisitions but for NY they needed to get a start in their rebuild. I think it's a win win for both teams. One thing I will say though is that I feel Mcdonagh has had a lot of hard miles on him and for me I felt we needed to trade him before his contract was up because his decline has started, it's nagging injuries imo. The guy is a warrior and should help Tampa as long as he's healthy but I'm happy we have moved on.

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    I loved the Nash trade, but I really do not like this trade for the Rangers...at least not as of right now.
    I haven't done much research on the prospects but my initial reaction is that we didn't get enough in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Nut Kruk View Post
    Tampa wins this by a mile.
    lol seriously? clearly people haven't seen ryan mcd play hockey over the last 18 months. the guy is fading and fading quickly....the rangers were smart to get out from under a potential horrible contract situation with a guy who is beloved and will be remembered forever by the fans but will not be nearly the same player that he was 2-3 years ago. also, jt miller is INCONSISTENT. the guy is too up and down...also will command a 5 year, 25 mil-ish type of deal as an UFA. the rangers are going to win this trade long term guaranteed despite the initial shock of dealing big names.

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    Yeah, seriously. And “big names” don’t really have much to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Nut Kruk View Post
    Yeah, seriously. And “big names” don’t really have much to do with it.
    how so? they are big names in the same trade which is rare. look, TB got some pieces and they are going for gold...i get it. however, the rangers opened up some serious flexibility and added great draft picks/promising young players through during this year's trade deadline. you can say we didnt get enough back but my point is that mcd isnt nearly the player he's billed to be at this stage

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    McDonagh is going to get more than 5/25... whether he’s fading or not has really nothing to do with it. His value is much higher than what they got, nevermind throwing Miller in


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    J.T. Miller was another one , could care less if he was traded. Really not as good as advertised... he would disappear in big games
    #BringBackMatty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beltrans Mole View Post
    how so? they are big names in the same trade which is rare. look, TB got some pieces and they are going for gold...i get it. however, the rangers opened up some serious flexibility and added great draft picks/promising young players through during this year's trade deadline. you can say we didnt get enough back but my point is that mcd isnt nearly the player he's billed to be at this stage
    To me, McD would be the only “big name” here. Not sure who else you’re referring too. I don’t really care for what the Rangers got back but yes, you are right in the sense that they opened up cap space and got some prospects back. I wouldn’t mind if I were a Rangers fan.

    I just think this adds a lot to Tampa’s already loaded team. It’s not like McD and Miller are going there to be top line guys (maybe McD to an extent but he’s not gonna be their go to Dman)
    Last edited by One Nut Kruk; 02-28-2018 at 10:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oak2455 View Post
    J.T. Miller was another one , could care less if he was traded. Really not as good as advertised... he would disappear in big games
    16 points in 40 career playoff games (1 goal) is all that needs to be said.

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