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Ryan McDonagh | Defenseman | #27

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (12) / MON
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Ryan McDonagh registered an assist in the Lightning's 3-1 win over New Jersey in Game 5 on Saturday.
That game ended the first round series and McDonagh finished with four points in five contests. That's a pretty strong showing out of the defensemen, who also averaged 22:52 minutes per game. The Lightning acquired him from the Rangers to aide in their playoff push and so far that trade has paid off nicely. Apr 22 - 11:17 AM

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Ryan McDonagh has been a key contributor for the Tampa Bay Lightning since being acquired at the trade deadline.

"The big thing for me is the way he is breaking pucks out (of the defensive zone)," coach Jon Cooper said. "We can sit here and talk about all the other parts to his game, but I can tell you, (we're) spending less time in the defensive zone, and a big reason is because Ryan McDonagh is breaking the puck out himself. All our (defensemen) have been doing a good job with that, but he especially has just brought an additional element to our game that we didn't have before. And now to get to play him 22 to 25 minutes, that's definitely a bonus for us.'' The 28-year-old has three assists in four playoff games this postseason.
Apr 21 - 10:16 AM

Ryan McDonagh earned two assists in a 5-3 win over New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

McDonagh picked up helpers on goals by Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson in the match. He also posted two shots, one hit and two blocks in 23:49 of ice time. McDonagh has three assists in the first two games of Tampa Bay's opening-round series versus the Devils.
Apr 15 - 10:29 AM

Ryan McDonagh logged 19:15 minutes in his Lightning debut on Saturday.

The Lightning acquired McDonagh from the Rangers on Feb. 26, but he was dealing with a hand injury and consequently couldn't draw into the lineup for Tampa Bay right away. Now that he's healthy, McDonagh was paired with another former Rangers defenseman in Dan Girardi. "It's good to have guys out there who know each other and have played with each other," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. Cooper was happy with McDonagh's debut, praising his "poise and composure."
Mar 11 - 8:58 AM

Ryan McDonagh will make his Tampa Bay Lightning debut on Saturday afternoon.

McDonagh was acquired from the New York Rangers on trade deadline day, but a hand injury has prevented him from suiting up with his new team. The 28-year-old has two goals and 26 points in 49 games this season.
Mar 10 - 11:38 AM

Ryan McDonagh (hand) was able to practice on Friday without a non-contact jersey.

McDonagh had his last X-Rays on his hand Thursday and he might be available as early as Saturday. His next game will be his Lightning debut as he was acquired by Tampa Bay from the Rangers on Feb. 26. "Changing to a new team, you're excited, you want to get comfortable around the guys and up to speed with how things are done here and the way they play," McDonagh said. "It's been a big challenge there mentally. But at the same time, I'm just trying to control what I can and get healthy so I can go out and play when the time is ready."
Mar 9 - 4:22 PM

Ryan McDonagh's return from an upper-body injury is still on track for next week.

"Really close. I think we’re doing, hopefully, my last evaluation with the team doctors here and then hopefully get some good news and go from there," McDonagh reported. The Lightning acquired McDonagh from the Rangers on Feb. 26. He was injured at the time of the trade, so he hasn't made his Tampa Bay debut yet.
Mar 8 - 1:05 PM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) is unlikely to play this week, according to coach Jon Cooper.

"I'd say next week, then we're looking pretty confident," Cooper said after Tuesday's morning skate. McDonagh participated in the session with a no-contact jersey. He won't play Tuesday and isn't likely to be ready for games on Thursday against the Rangers nor Saturday versus Montreal.
Mar 6 - 3:33 PM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) may make his debut with the Lightning against his former Rangers teammates on Thursday.

Tampa Bay is being cautious with McDonagh's return to the lineup, so he's not expected to play Tuesday against Florida. Still, it will be an important day for him Tuesday morning to see how close he is to playing again.
Mar 5 - 1:35 PM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) hopes to make his return on March 6.

The Lightning acquired McDonagh from the Rangers just before the trade deadline passed. A return on March 6 would give him an opportunity to shake off the rust before the Lightning face his former team on March 9.
Feb 28 - 12:22 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired Ryan McDonagh from the New York Rangers.

The Rangers shipped McDonagh and J.T. Miller to the Bolts for Vladislav Namestnikov, prospects Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, a first-rounder in 2018 and a conditional second-round pick in 2019. That conditional pick can became another first-round draft choice if the Lightning win the Cup this year or next year. This was by far the biggest deal of trade deadline day. The Lightning clearly upgraded their defense in a bit way by landing McDonagh, who is fully capable of playing top-pairing minutes when healthy. The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his contract after this season, so he isn't a rental. He has two goals, 26 points and a plus-7 rating in 49 games this season. He's averaging almost 24 minutes of ice time per game. The Lightning have to be considered the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference as of right now.
Feb 26 - 3:22 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly inquired on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

The Penguins don't have much cap space, so they'll have to get creative if they want to get a deal done with the Rangers. They also recently traded away their first-round pick in a deal for Derick Brassard last week, which means they might be a little short on assets. McDonagh has two goals and 26 points in 49 games this season. The 28-year-old will command a sizeable return if the Rangers decide to trade him before the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline.
Feb 26 - 1:50 PM

Ryan McDonagh skated on Sunday but still missed his ninth straight game with an upper body injury.

Rumors have the defenseman possibly being dealt on Monday, and the Lightning and Maple Leafs seems to be at or near the top of the list. Teams have to be somewhat wary of his status but if healthy, McDonagh is a prized catch at the deadline. he has two goals and 26 points in 49 games and is capable of more.
Source: NY Post
Feb 26 - 7:58 AM

Ryan McDonagh (upper body) should be able to start practicing soon.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said it's just "a matter of days" at this point. Of course, the question is if he'll still be with the Rangers by the time he's healthy. The Rangers are looking to shake up their roster and trade with the future in mind between now and Monday's deadline. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Rangers will do anything as big as trading McDonagh, but if the right deal comes along then who knows.
Source: NY Post
Feb 22 - 5:32 AM

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning have both reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Ryan McDonagh.

That said, neither team has made a compelling offer to the Rangers yet, according to The Post. McDonagh is signed through 2018-19, so even though the Rangers are expected to be sellers at the deadline, they aren't in a position where they need to move their captain. As an aside, McDonagh is currently day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Source: NY Post
Feb 13 - 6:34 AM

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3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Anthony Cirelli
6Gabriel Dumont
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2Yanni Gourde
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2J.T. Miller
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Ryan McDonagh
3Mikhail Sergachev
4Anton Stralman
5Dan Girardi
6Braydon Coburn
7Jake Dotchin
8Slater Koekkoek
9Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue