If you thought the Nashville Predators were done making moves in the aftermath of acquiring checking-line forwards Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod, you're wrong: they are just getting started.
While they didn't pull a blockbuster trade on Friday, the Predators still managed to make a trade, this time with the Arizona Coyotes, to keep going on the trade market. Coyotes general manager John Chayka announced today that the Arizona has acquired center Emil Pettersson from the Predators in exchange for forwards Laurent Dauphin and Adam Helewka.
Pettersson is the older brother of Vancouver Canucks star Elias Pettersson. He has posted 11 goals and 33 points in 49 games with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals this season.
As for Dauphin, he has six goals and 20 points in 34 games with the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners this season. He took part in 35 games with the Coyotes over the past four seasons, posting three goals and four points.
Helewka is a fourth-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2015. He has yet to play a game in the NHL.
It is no secret that the Predators have been looking for some depth up front, especially since Austin Waston has been suspended indefinitely as he is undergoing treatment in the Substance Abuse program of the NHLPA.
However, Preds general manager David Poile might be needing to make some changes and move some pieces around in order to get the right plan for an upcoming major trade.
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie and The Tennessean's Joe Rexrode, Poile has something up his sleeve. Something big ahead of the upcoming trade deadline.
Rexrode speculated a core player could be packaged with picks and/or prospects “for a larger scoring piece” and believes Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artemi Panarin, Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone or Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds could be on Poile’s radar. He even hinted at the possibility of using Kevin Fiala, Craig Smith or Eeli Tolvanen as trade bait to make a blockbuster deal happen.
McKenzie, who commented Poile's latest moves on NBCSN on Wednesday night, dared to add that a first-round pick could be in play for the right piece. And we all know Poile isn't afraid to pull a blockbuster move at the deadline.