Ryan McDonagh noticed a lot of familiar faces while he first walked into the Lightning dressing room along with his new teammates.
McDonagh and J.T. Miller joined the Cup-contending Lightning in a blockbuster business with the Rangers ahead of the time limit Monday. They joined a club with 3 different ex-Rangers — defensemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman and ahead Ryan Callahan.
Having nearly a quarter of the roster with a standard former staff made for a very simple nickname: Rangers South. The Fellow who used to be wearing the captain’s “C” for the Rangers a few days ago, though, isn’t a fan.
“it’s more or less a crazy twist of fate, but when you ask me, i am hoping that Rangers South doesn’t stick much longer prior today, as a result of I’m proud to be a component of this crew,” McDonagh told the Tampa Bay Occasions on Wednesday. “I’m proud to be a Tampa Bay Lightning, And I wish to lend a hand add to the success they’ve had this 12 months and do something unique.”
The Lightning lead the NHL with 89 points, and will make a 2nd shuttle to the Stanley Cup Final in 4 years. Callahan and Stralman have been on that 2015 crew, three hundred and sixty five days after Stralman helped the Rangers to the 2014 Cup Final. Girardi joined this previous offseason after the Rangers purchased out his settlement.
Now McDonagh and Miller have joined what used to be already a high-powered club with sights on profitable the Cup for the second one time in franchise history.
“It’s awesome to be right here, the sort of fun hockey workforce to observe across the league,” Miller told the Tampa Bay Occasions. “And it’s a really just right possibility, so I’m having a look ahead to it.”