A day after the Boston Bruins landed power forward Rick Nash from the Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning followed suit by acquiring New York captain Ryan McDonagh in a multiplayer trade before Monday's deadline.
New York also sent forward J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay in a deal that netted the Rangers forward Vladimir Namestnikov, two prospects and two draft picks: a first-round selection in 2018 and a conditional first-rounder in 2019. The rebuilding Rangers now have three first-round picks, including one from the Bruins, this year and seven in the first three rounds.
The 28-year-old McDonagh joins a Lightning lineup already stocked with elite defensemen. Miller is a two-time 20-goal scorer.
The Lightning weren't the only contender to part with high draft picks among the 18 trades made Monday.
The Winnipeg Jets gave up a first-rounder as part of a trade to acquire forward Paul Stastny, a six-time 20-goal scorer, from St. Louis. The Nashville Predators gave up a first-round pick as part of a deal to land forward Ryan Hartman from the Chicago Blackhawks. The San Jose Sharks added size and scoring by acquiring Evander Kane from Buffalo for two picks, including a conditional 2019 first-round selection, and a prospect. And the expansion Vegas Golden Knights added to their West-leading team by acquiring three-time 20-goal-scoring forward Tomas Tatar from Detroit. The Red Wings added three draft picks, including a first-round selection.
The teams who began the day in the East's final two playoff spots made deals.
Eighth-place Columbus acquired forward Thomas Vanek from Vancouver and defenseman Ian Cole from Ottawa. The seventh-place New Jersey Devils obtained forward Patrick Maroon from Edmonton for a 2019 third-round pick and prospect J.D. Dudek.
Three teams added players via waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed Johnny Oduya after the two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman was waived by Ottawa. The Flyers lost defenseman Mark Alt, who was claimed by Colorado. And the Calgary Flames added forward Chris Stewart, who was waived by Minnesota.