The Rangers will receive the Lightning’s 2nd round pick in the 2019 draft after Tampa Bay was eliminated by Columbus in four games.
The Rangers would have received Tampa’s 1st round pick in 2019 had the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in either 2018 or 2019.
The official trade between the Rangers and Lightning at the 2018 NHL trade deadline was:
- Tampa Bay gets Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller
- Rangers get Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, Vladislav Namestnikov, 2018 1st round pick that turned into Nils Lundkvist and Tampa Bay’s 2019 second round pick.
The Rangers still have a chance at Dallas’ first round pick if the Stars make it to the Western Conference Final and Mats Zuccarello plays in half of the games.
Adam Rotter: John Tortorella and his team sweep out a bunch of his former Rangers and Tampa caps off a historic regular season with one of the most disappointing playoff performances ever. The Rangers had to be rooting for Tampa so that they could get the 31st pick but they still have five picks in the first 60 or so this year. What is interesting with Tampa is how many of their former Rangers will return next season. Ryan McDonagh surely will but Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman are UFA, Ryan Callahan will almost certainly be moved to clear cap space and there has been a lot of buzz for a while that JT Miller could also be moved to free up space and recoup some assets. Stralman may return and there is obviously the chance that Tampa moves someone else instead of Miller to clear space, but it’s possible that outside of McDonagh the Tampa Rangers are done.