Saturday, February 4, 2017

NHL trade review: Devils deal Fiddler to Nashville


Fiddler (left) with Predators earlier in his career
  The Nashville Predators have acquired F Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils for a 4th round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Here's why the trade happened.
   The Devils have 14 forwards on their roster, not including Fiddler, so there was a lot of competition for a lineup spot, and there still is. Guys like Joseph Blandisi, Miles Wood, Sergey Kalinin and Stefan Noesen are still fighting for a roster spot. Fiddler was signed on July 1st to a one year, $1.25 million deal. The Devils were just looking to get some value out of him.
     The Preds now have 15 forwards on their roster, but Fiddler or someone else (possibly Derek Grant) might be sent to AHL Milwaukee. The Preds also waived Mike Ribeiro, who cleared waivers today, for an extra roster spot. Fiddler can provide solid depth to his new team.  He's also a PK threat, as his 1 goal this year is shorthanded. He also has 2 assists (along with the goal for 3 points) and is a -11 in 39 games this season. Also, the Preds might of wanted to bring back a former Predator, as Fiddler had 45 goals, 48 assists (93 points) in 305 games over 6 seasons with the Predators from '02-'03 to '08-'09.

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