The Minnesota Wild have jumped in the pool, trading centre Mikael Granlund to the Nashville Predators for winger Kevin Fiala.
This is the third trade between these two teams this season.
This trade appears to be another brick in the wall built by Minnesota general manager Paul Fenton, who’s been crying himself to sleep at night like a baby and presumably dreaming of remaking the Wild.
Fiala, the Swiss winger, has 32 points in 64 games this season. Last season, he posted 48 points in 80 games with the Predators. In 18 post-season games with Nashville, Fiala has six points and is a minus-4. In 204 career NHL games, he’s posted 97 points – including 45 goals.
Fiala is set for restricted free agent status when his contract expires at the conclusion of this season. He does require another year before arbitration, however.
In Granlund, the Predators add depth and skill on the wing.
The 26-year-old has 49 points in 63 games this season for the Wild and will give an instant kick to the forward group, especially with Wayne Simmonds also added to the roster right at zero hour.
Granlund was drafted by Minnesota in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, going ninth overall. In 461 career games with the Wild, he has 93 goals and 224 assists for a total of 317 points.
In 21 post-season games, Granlund has 21 points – including eight goals and 13 helpers.
He is under contract through the 2019-2020 NHL season, with a $5.75 million cap hit.
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