Dan Girardi said that he is really excited Ryan McDonagh is coming to Tampa Bay and quickly sent him a text when he found out. (TampaBay)
McDonagh replied "yeah, it's going to be amazing." (TampaBay)
Girardi said that it's going to help McDonagh that he is joining former teammates in Tampa, Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman, and that he will fit in well.
McDonagh said that he could "see" and "feel" the possibility of trade coming from the Rangers and called it "bittersweet," adding that he was excited about joining a really talented team. (NY Post)
McDonagh said that the deal was "sweeter" knowing that JT Miller was joining him as part of the trade. (TampaBay)
Steve Yzerman said that Miller's name came up on Monday morning and that Jeff Gorton brought up Vladislav Namestnikov's name in exchange. (TampaBay)
Yzerman said that he felt Tampa Bay gave up a lot to get McDonagh and that he should be able to return in 5-7 days.