The Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators have teamed up for a rare three-way trade that sees at least four players on the move.
In a series of trades Friday afternoon, the Canadiens have acquired Pacific Division All-Star Game captain John Scott and defenseman Victor Bartley from the Coyotes in exchange for defenseman, and 2010 first-round pick, Jarred Tinordi as well as winger Stefan Fournier. In the deal, the Predators have picked up defenseman Stefan Elliott, himself a 2009 second-rounder.
The breakdown goes as follows, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. First, Nashville and Arizona swapped defensemen, as Bartley headed to the Coyotes and Elliott to the Predators. Once that deal was complete, the Canadiens sent Tinordi and Fournier the desert in exchange for Scott and Bartley.
First thing’s first, though: what does this mean for the All-Star Game? Read more
Nashville’s Shea Weber and Roman Josi are one of the best defensive pairings in the entire NHL. But when it comes to going undercover, Weber and Josi’s game could definitely use some work.
Using the names of assistant athletic trainers Jeff Biddle and DJ Amadio, the Predators took to the street to interview fans about their favorite Nashville players, the upcoming All-Star Game and if anyone believed that Josi could really — seriously — outdo Weber in the hardest shot competition: Read more
If anyone in Nashville needed convincing of Ryan Johansen’s incredible skill, they didn’t have to wait long to be convinced in his first game as a Predator.
Less than three minutes into Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Johansen trotted out as part of the Predators’ top power play unit. Set up on the left wing boards, Johansen took an indirect pass from Nashville blueliner Mattias Ekholm and controlled the puck into the circle.
Johansen controlled the puck for a few seconds and looked off two passing lanes before rifling a no-look, perfectly placed snipe over the shoulder of Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov: Read more
Wednesday evening was glorious. It gave us a good, old-fashioned hockey trade of an impact player for an impact player. No picks, no prospects, no retained salary, all real, no gimmicks. Center Ryan Johansen joins the Nashville Predators. Defenseman Seth Jones joins the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The natural question, commonly directed our way on social media over the past 24 hours: who wins the trade? As my colleague Jared Clinton has already pointed out, Johansen makes Nashville a better hockey team today. He’s the bellcow No. 1 center the Preds have never really possessed unless you count the brief whiff of Peter Forsberg.
But what about Columbus’ perspective? Does turning Nashville into a Stanley Cup contender imply the Blue Jackets lost the deal?
Not necessarily. While it’s true Johansen’s departure leaves a gaping hole in the Jackets’ depth chart, Jones becomes a new franchise pillar who could have a larger long-term impact than Johansen.
The Predators made waves Wednesday with the acquisition of Ryan Johansen, and while one player can’t carry a team to post-season success, it’s definitely time to consider Nashville a sleeper Stanley Cup contender.
On paper, especially before the Johansen acquisition, the Predators’ roster was largely underwhelming. Outside of captain Shea Weber, Roman Josi and goaltender Pekka Rinne, most wouldn’t exactly call the makeup of the Nashville roster exciting. Filip Forsberg can be brilliant and James Neal is a tremendous power forward when he’s on his game, but there wasn’t much jaw-dropping offensive talent to be had before Johansen. For that reason alone, it’s understandable why few considered Nashville a Cup favorite.
When you really dig into this season’s Predators, though, one is reminded, if even in the slightest, of the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings. That Kings squad squeaked into the post-season and became a playoff powerhouse en route to what would be the first of two Stanley Cups in three seasons. Statistically, at least, the similarities are all there between the 2011-12 Kings and this season’s Predators. The acquisition of Johansen is yet another parallel between the two clubs, and one that makes Nashville even more likely to shock everyone in the post-season with a deep run. Read more
The NHL trading frenzy usually reserved for trade deadline day appears to have come early in 2016.
Just hours after a minor deal that sent Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn from the Flyers to the Kings, the Blue Jackets and Predators upped the ante.
Columbus sent center Ryan Johansen to Nashville for defenseman Seth Jones in a rare, one-for-one blockbuster deal of two burgeoning stars.
The NHL officially unveiled the jerseys for the 2016 All-Star Game Wednesday, and the showcase-game threads are a tip of the cap to the city of Nashville and the host Predators.
“The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star jersey pays tribute to the city of Nashville’s cultural scene, which includes the Nashville Predators,” said NHL chief marketing officer and executive vice president Brian Jennings. “With creative support from Reebok’s design team, the jerseys reflect the deep bond the Predators have with the music community, the city’s growing passion for hockey and the All-Star Game’s showcase of the best players in the League.”
While some of the connections to Nashville may not seem obvious, there are a number of ways the league has tied in the city and the Predators into the All-Star Game. Read more
After finishing among last season’s top teams in the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators are currently clinging to a playoff wild-card berth. While they possess solid goaltending and blueline depth, their offensive production (currently 14th in goals per game) remains a significant concern.
ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside believes Predators GM David Poile must make a bold move to make his club a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. He suggests trading captain and top defenseman Shea Weber.
It’s hardly an original idea. Indeed, it’s one which has kicked around the rumor mill dating back to 2012, when Poile matched the heavily front-loaded offer sheet Weber signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Burnside acknowledges it sounds like a fanciful notion, but believes Weber would fetch a significant return that could put the Predators over the top. The 30-year-old blueliner carries what Burnside considers a “manageable” annual salary-cap hit of $7.8 million, plus he lacks a no-trade clause. Read more