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NHL Trade Deadline: Rangers reportedly deal captain McDonagh to Lightning

For the second time in the last five NHL trade deadlines, the New York Rangers traded their captain to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The teams announced a blockbuster which sent defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Lightning right before Monday's deadline. In 2014, the Blueshirts sent

For the second time in the last five NHL trade deadlines, the New York Rangers traded their captain to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The teams announced a blockbuster which sent defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Lightning right before Monday's deadline. In 2014, the Blueshirts sent then-captain Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay as part of a package for Martin St. Louis.

It cost the Lightning Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional first-rounder in 2019.

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The Rangers are in the midst of a major roster overhaul -- already moving Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Nick Holden in separate deals in the past week -- while the Lightning are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this spring, prompting this blockbuster trade. The Rangers lost their final seven games before the deadline, and they sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division after reaching the playoff in 11 of the last 12 seasons. The Lightning lead the NHL with 87 points.

The 28-year-old McDonagh, the Rangers captain since the fall of 2014, did not play since Feb.7 because of an upper body injury. He has 26 points in 49 games this season, and previously reached 40 points twice while also being the Rangers top shutdown defenseman. He has 96 games of playoff experience -- including runs to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 and 2015 Eastern Conference Finals -- on his resume. 

In Tampa he would join a defense corps which includes Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman, talented rookie Mikhail Sergachev and two of McDonagh's former Blueshirt teammates Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman.

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