The Tampa Bay Lightning is already among the league's most successful and dangerous teams. And it sure looks like general manager Steve Yzerman is trying hard to add a few more pieces to his lineup to make sure his organization can go all the way.
According to a report from the New York Post's Larry Brooks, Tampa has a clear interest for New York Rangers' star defenseman Ryan McDonagh. While it is unclear what the Lightning would have to give in order to acquire the 28-year-old blueliner, it is fair to believe New York would definitely get something big:
Know this, however: there is definitely mutual interest in exploring whether a match can be made so that Ryan McDonagh might join Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi with Tampa Bay, whose organization is brimming with young assets, but perhaps none of elite quality.
The Rangers are believed willing to assume up to 50 percent of McDonagh’s $4.7 million cap hit that runs through next year in order to get what the organization believes a commensurate return for No. 27’s talents."
Could you imagine McDonagh patroling the Lightning's blue line behind Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov?
In 46 games, the 28-year-old blueliner from St. Paul, MN. amassed two goals and 22 assists for 24 goals. In 513 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, he recorded 236 points. He added 41 points in 96 playoffs games.