The Nashville Predators were on the horn this morning, making two trades before lunch. With a suffering offensive lineup, the Preds are looking to add some players who can add to this teams scoring side.
Trade 1: Brian Boyle for 2019 Second Round Pick
Boyle was drafted back in 2003 to the Los Angeles Kings (26th overall). Since then, Boyle has played with the Kings, Rangers, Lightning, and New Jersey Devils with a small 21 game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his 12 season, Boyle has played 740 NHL games, collecting 119 goals and 92 assists.
Boyle is one tough son of a bitch, both physically and mentally. Last season, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. At the same time, Boyle’s 3-year old son, Declan, was in the hospital having countless procedures done for an arteriorvenous malformation in his jaw.
He’s a tough player who can produce as well. The Predators will depth and size that they lack, not to mention that Boyle is a fantastic defensive forward. As a centre, Boyle has blocked 513 shots and handed out 1,498 hits.
The New Jersey Devils tweeted this photo after Boyle was traded.
Trade 2: Cody McLeod for 2020 Seventh Round Pick
McLeod played for the Preds back in 2017 but was placed on waivers and claimed by the New York Rangers. McLeod played in 56 games total for the Rangers and managed 1 goal and 2 assists. By adding McLeod back into the mix, the Preds are only adding more brute strength but no offensive power. In his 12 season career, McLeod is -56.
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