The Nashville Predators have made yet another move to bolster their size.
The Philadelphia Flyers have sent Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Hartman and a draft pick. The Flyers waited until the very last second to finally get a deal done during the deadline. In fact, they sent the deal in with just three minutes to spare before the 3 p.m. Trade Deadline.
Pending a trade call, Wayne Simmonds is headed to Nashville— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 25, 2019
He's quite literally built for the playoffs and should be an excellent fit for the Predators gritty play.
Simmonds production has fallen this season but he's still managed to score 16 goals and 17 assists in 62 games. The Predators were pressured to make a few moves before the deadline after the Kevin Hayes acquisition by the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators also traded Kevin Fiala for Mikhael Granlund in a one-for-one deal.
Ryan Hartman going back to #Flyers as part of deal.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 25, 2019
Hartman is a similar player to Simmonds but with less offensive upside.
The Western Conference has gotten exponentially better during the Trade Deadline. The Sharks got Gustav Nyquist, the Jets got Hayes, the Avalanche got Brassard, and the Golden Knights won the deadline with Mark Stone.
Simmonds and Granlund make the Predators a much better team but that's some stiff competition in comparison to the rest of the West.