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“We never wanted to trade Ryan to start with” – key Cup winner returns to Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA - When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois sat down with the hockey operations staff after Tampa Bay was eliminated from the playoffs, an autopsy of the roster.

For lack of a better term, the cause of defeat focused primarily on one specific area - defense.

"We needed a top four defenseman,'' BriseBois said.

When BriseBois fielded a call from Nashville general manager Barry Trotz, the groundwork was laid out to rectify what the Lightning felt was their biggest offseason roster need.

Trotz called "with regard to the possibility of them trading Ryan McDonough ...

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