The Daily Deke: All the Trade News You can Handle!

The headline doesn’t lie. All of the top NHL news and stories from yesterday’s NHL Trade Deadline can be found below. Also, check out the highlights to last night’s game!

Thanks Fiala and Hartman! Welcome Simmonds and Granlund!

Grab your morning beverage and read up!

Here is our quick take on how to Preds stack up with the new acquisitions.

Game Highlights:

Video courtesy of the Official NHL YouTube Channel

Preds News:

Nashville Predators win Simmonds sweepstakes – I guess they did.

Predators trade Ryan Hartman, draft pick to Philadelphia Flyers for Wayne Simmonds – What do you think? Fair trade?

Predators trade Kevin Fiala to Minnesota Wild in exchange for Mikael Granlund – Also this happened

Nashville Predators trades improve forward lines for playoff push

Nashville Predators: A Scary, But True Outlook to Rest of the Season – Does the outlook change after these trades?

NHL News:

NHL notebook: Knights acquire Stone at deadline

2019 NHL trade deadline: Reaction to every deal, including Mark Stone to Vegas and Wayne Simmonds to Predators

Winners and losers of the 2019 NHL trade deadline

Evaluating the Winners and Losers of the NHL Trade Deadline

NHL trade grades: Breaking down the best, worst deals from 2019 deadline day

Bruins get Marcus Johansson from Devils, continue to stockpile forwards

Rangers trade Kevin Hayes to Jets for Brendan Lemieux, picks

NHL Trading Deadline: Five Buy-Low Candidates For the Rangers to Consider

Icing the Preds – 2/26/19 – Trade Deadline Hot Take

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5 Players the Predators should be calling teams about.

by Thomas Sarver

UPDATE: As of the original time of publishing of this article, all of these players were available. Shortly after posting, both Ryan Dzingle (CBJ) and Mats Zuccarello (DAL) were traded. I guess that goes to show you how fast the NHL moves at the trade deadline.

As hockey fans, we are in one of the most exciting periods of the year. The trade deadline. This is where teams not only acquire the final pieces they need to make noise in the playoffs, it is also where teams fail and lose any chance of having a dynasty by overpaying for pieces. A true make or break moment. So, what are some pieces that would either A. be the final piece the Preds need to make a return to cup or B. impactful players that would not require Nashville to mortgage their future in order to acquire.

5 Wayne Simmonds

Kicking off this list with a name that everyone has seen before. Wayne Simmonds brings more grit which is something the Preds are not lacking now that they have Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod.

But what Simmonds also does is he brings an eye for scoring which is something Nashville could desperately use. Simmonds has been a twenty plus goal scorer since he moved to Philadelphia from L.A. (excluding the lockout season).

This is the type of production that Nashville could use to boost scoring on the midlines or the second powerplay unit and would not cost as much as other players for this role, due to his age and expiring contract. He also has a number of games played in the playoffs which adds to what he can bring to the table. You can never have too much experience.

4 Ryan Dzingel

Is it me, or do former late-round draft picks just play harder in general?

Dzingel, a former 7th round pick is really showing the Senators why they should’ve signed him to a deal longer than just two years. So far, Dzingel has followed up his impressive 2017-2018 campaign with a lights out campaign this season. In 57 games this season, he has put up 22 goals and 22 assists and already plays the role that Nashville would use him for.

At 26 years old, this is also the type of player that would be ideal to do a sign and trade with, especially since he would probably be looking for a mid-level contract instead of the high-level contracts that Panarin, Stone, or even Wayne Simmonds would be looking for.

3 Mats Zuccarello

Even though his career has not been the most consistent regarding point totals, this is a player who would not only boost the offensive side of the game but would also boost the Preds transition game.

A problem I’ve noticed with the Preds lately is there seems to be issues when Nashville goes to move the puck from defensive zone to offensive zone, and a player like Zuccarello would help raise the pace of play in a way that is similar to Arvidsson.

Also worth noting is also his ability to light up the scoreboard in the playoffs, most notably putting up 13 points in 25 games in the Rangers cup run. That may not seem like much but say he was on the Preds cup run team, that total would’ve made him tied for third on the team in scoring. So as far as bang for your buck goes, Zuccarello may provide the best bargain, especially when you put him on a semi-competent team.

2 Mark Stone

The name that most people were probably expecting to be first on this list. Stone is also probably the only remaining big piece that is going to be making a move this deadline as I doubt

Panarin will be moving now that Columbus has acquired Duchene. Since earning a full-time spot on the Ottawa Senators, Stone has put up at least 54 points in each season. He could probably have more, but he also hasn’t been able to play a full 82 game season yet in his career.

I feel like that’s something that doesn’t get enough attention, I mean we are talking about a player who would come in to help Nashville win the Stanley Cup. It really makes things difficult to do that when you have players who can’t stay healthy. Remember when Sissons was Nashville’s number one center in the Stanley Cup final?

1 Toronto Wingers

Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen are unlikely to even get traded. This would only be a possibility if Nashville was willing to move one of their right-handed defensemen, which is also super unlikely.

In a crazy world where that was a possibility though, either one of these players would be able to step in and immediately help out in multiple aspects of the game. Both of whom are also in their first-year full year as a starter and on expiring deals.

They can only get better from here. When you factor in that Toronto is going to be preoccupied with signing Matthews and Marner while against the cap. Nashville may be able to take advantage of a young GM whose back is against the cap ceiling. On the downside, in order to get one of these players, Toronto would probably want one of Ellis, Ekholm, or Subban. You can make the argument for Fabbro, but Toronto is in win-now mode. I doubt Nashville would pull the trigger unless Toronto did, in fact, prefer acquiring Fabbro.

While I imagine a lot of people wanted Nashville to go out and get Matt Duchene or attempt to go out and get the remaining big fish like Panarin or Stone, I’m not sure that’s the best move. Nashville has seen first-hand with Chicago what happens when a team forgets to restock their minor team. Nashville has already traded away plenty of pieces like Girad, Kamenev, their first, second, and third-round pick in last year’s draft, so the number of tradeable pieces that Nashville has gotten significantly smaller than a lot of fans a willing to realize.

Off the Podcast 13: PK or Weber?

Thomas and Patrick talk about who won the blockbuster trade a couple of years ago.

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5 Deadline Players the Preds Should Avoid

by Thomas Sarver

When the Preds acquired Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod there was no denying that Preds no longer needed grit. In addition to that added grit, the Preds also got a boost on the powerplay with Boyle coming in with six powerplay goals on the season. That made him the team leader in powerplay goals.

While Cody McLeod only has one-real dimension to his game,  it is a bone-crushing one. In fact, McLeod’s mere presence as a player in the game makes opposing players have second thoughts when it comes to delivering a big hit.

Those reasons alone are the reason that these moves fit the Preds needs really well, but what are some pieces that the Preds should avoid acquiring.

#5 Micheal Ferland

With the smallest cap hit among rentals of his caliber, Ferland is automatically a very attractive rental. But unless you are willing to shell out a lot of money in the offseason to keep him, that is all he is, a rental. Ferland has a tremendous on-ice impact with his physicality and scoring ability.

While those qualities are very important, the Preds now have that impact with Brian Boyle. When you factor that in with the amount of interest there is in him all around the league, I’d expect the price to be sky high. Carolina has to make up for getting fleeced when they trade Jeff Skinner somehow right?

#4 Jakob Silverberg

A player that the Preds know all about, Silverberg is a mid-line goal scorer, which is a need for the Preds who have had trouble with secondary scoring this year. A hang-up though is that the soon to be rebuilding Ducks have not for sure declared that they are selling.

However, with buzz picking up around the league about Anaheim possibly trading long-time captain Ryan Getzlaf, I think it’s safe to say they will be selling sooner rather than later. If Anaheim pulls the trigger on going full rebuild, I expect them to express interest in Kevin Fiala. Fiala’s age and experience is something that Anaheim may want in order to limit their rebuild to only a couple of seasons.

While this all looks really attractive to fans as well since Fiala has been heavily criticized this season for not recapturing his goalscoring form from last year. Trading him for a goal scorer sounds ideal, but if Fiala is to be moved, it has to be for the right player, and Nashville can leverage Fiala to get a much more impactful player than Silverberg.

#3 Panarin

One of only nine active players who average at least a point per game, not much needs to be said about what Panarin brings offensively. Any team in the league could use a player with that game-breaking ability. The problem here, however, is the price.

The Blue Jackets are wanting fair value for their star winger, which is a lot. That makes this situation a big gamble as Panarin has been very insistent on which markets he wants to sign in.

Unfortunately, Nashville was not on the list, which makes him the best rental available, but at the end of the day, just a rental. So, with all of that in mind, the Blue Jackets would likely want this year’s first-round pick and Eeli Tolvanen for Panarin. The question is, would Panarin be the final piece?

#2 Duchene

My oh my has Matt Duchene made a comeback. Since arriving in Ottawa in the same three-team trade that sent Kyle Turris to Nashville, Duchene has been an elite player for the Senators.

Is Duchene only elite because Ottawa has a lack of weapons? When he was in Colorado, on a team with plenty of scoring options, he started to regress as the team added more and more weapons. He practically vanished.

Due to that, I have three concerns when I think about the Preds possibly trading for Duchene. Would Duchene be able to adjust well on a team where he would be the seventh or eighth scoring option instead of being the first or second?

If he can’t adjust well, would he be an upgrade over Turris or Bonino? Lastly, would a possible third line player be worth a first round pick, plus?

#1 Kovalchuk

My heart wants this. I want to see Kovalchuk in a Preds jersey, I won’t lie. I would prefer it if it was 2012 Kovalchuk though.

A six-year hiatus in the KHL has returned a very different Kovalchuk than the superstar we saw leave. The one thing that is not different though is his high salary. At $6.250 million a year for two more years, this contract is more than concerning enough to sink Kovalchuk’s trade value. 

It gets even worse when you factor in that he is a 35 years old athlete who is adjusting to a smaller rink than he is used to playing on. That being said, even though his return was way overhyped, his on-ice play hasn’t been terrible and makes you wonder what would happen if he was on a better team.

If it wasn’t for the term on his contract, Kovalchuk would be the ideal rental player for the playoffs this year.

To be completely honest, I would be more than happy with the Preds not making too many trades as we did not have a single pick in the first three rounds of last years draft. As important as acquiring the big pieces for the playoffs is, having young players to replace them the next year is just as important.

Icing the Preds – 2/6/19 – Brain Boyle + Cody McLeod

Taylor gets you up-to-date on the latest Nashville Predators trades!

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The Daily Deke: Preds Win 4 Out of the Last 5

Not to brag…but I think the Preds read our article in preparation for last night’s game. The PP drought is over!

It was a great game as the Nashville Predators top the Arizona Coyotes in a score of 5-2.

Great night for Roman Josi who picked up 3 points on the night.

Check out some of the best tweets from last night along with game highlights and Preds and NHL news!

Tweets of the Night:

Game Highlights:

Game highlight videos by SPORTSNET.

Preds News:

Predators acquire Brian Boyle from Devils for draft pick – BREAKING

Predators Acquire Forward Cody McLeod from Rangers– BREAKING

Nashville Predators 5, Arizona Coyotes 2: Preds Top Coyotes for Big Home Win

Preds end long power-play goal drought, beat Coyotes 5-2

NHL Rumors: Predators, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Ducks, and the Senators

NHL News:

Ovechkin passes Fedorov for most NHL points by Russian

NHL notebook: Leafs, Matthews ink five-year extension

Winners and losers of the Auston Matthews contract extension

Bergeron scores 2 in 1,000th game, Bruins beat Islanders 3-1